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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

Research Article

Deciphering of The Effect of Chemotherapeutic Agents on Human Glutathione S-Transferase Enzyme and MCF-7 Cell Line

Author(s): Havva Aybek, Yusuf Temel*, Barzan Mirza Ahmed, Can Ali Ağca and Mehmet Çiftci

Volume 27, Issue 9, 2020

Page: [888 - 894] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/0929866527666200413101017

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Background: Cancer is the disease that causes the most death after cardiovascular diseases all over the world these days. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women and ranks the second among cancer-related deaths after lung cancer. Chemotherapeutics act by killing cancer cells, preventing their spread and slowing their growth. Recent studies focus on the effects of chemotherapeutics on cancer cells and new chemotherapy approaches that targeting enzymes that catalyze important metabolic reactions in the cell.

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of chemotherapeutic agents, Tamoxifen and 5-FU, on MCF-7 cell line and human erythrocyte GST, an important enzyme of intracellular antioxidant metabolism.

Methods: In this study, it was investigated that the effect of chemotherapeutic agents, Tamoxifen and 5-FU, on MCF-7 breast cancer cell line and performed ROS analyzes. In addition, it was purified glutathione S-transferase (GST), one of the important enzymes of intracellular antioxidant mechanism, from human erythrocytes by using ammonium sulfate precipitation and glutathione agarose affinity chromatography, and investigated in vitro effects of chemotherapeutic agents, 5 - FU and Tamoxifen, on the activity of this enzyme for the first time.

Results: it was determined that Tamoxifen and 5-FU inhibited cellular viability and 5-FU increased intracellular levels of ROS, whereas Tamoxifen reduced intracellular levels of ROS. In addition, human erythrocyte GST enzyme with 16.2 EU/mg specific activity was purified 265.97-fold with a yield of 35% using ammonium sulfate precipitation and glutathione agarose affinity chromatography. The purity of the enzyme was checked by the SDS-PAGE method. In vitro effects of chemotherapeutics, 5-FU and Tamoxifen, on GST activity purified from human erythrocytes were investigated. The results showed that 5-FU increased the activity of GST in the concentration range of 77 to 1155 μM and that Tamoxifen increased the activity of GST in the concentration range of 0.54 to 2.70 μM.

Conclusion: In this study, the effects of tamoxifen and 5-FU chemotherapeutic agents on both MCF-7 cell line and human GST enzyme were examined together for the first time. Our study showed that chemotherapeutic agents (5-FU and Tamoxifen) inhibited cellular viability and Tamoxifen reduced intracellular levels of ROS whereas 5-FU increased intracellular levels of ROS. In addition, 5-FU and Tamoxifen were found to increase the activity of GST enzyme purified from the human erythrocyte.

Keywords: Breast Cancer, glutathione S-transferase, 5-FU, Tamoxifen, GSH, chemotherapeutic agents.

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