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標題: Sustained activation of ERK and Cdk2/cyclin-A signaling pathway by pemetrexed leading to S-phase arrest and apoptosis in human non-small cell lung cancer A549 cells
作者: Yang, T.Y.
Chang, G.C.
Chen, K.C.
Hung, H.W.
Hsu, K.H.
Sheu, G.T.
Hsu, S.L.
關鍵字: Pemetrexed;S phase arrest;Apoptosis;ERK;CDK2;Cyclin-A;multitargeted antifolate ly231514;human tumor xenografts;dna-damage;cycle arrest;regulated kinase;death;chemotherapy;cisplatin;regimens;atm
Project: European Journal of Pharmacology
期刊/報告no:: European Journal of Pharmacology, Volume 663, Issue 1-3, Page(s) 17-26.
Pemetrexed, a multitargeted antifolate with the ability to inhibit several enzymes involved in purine and pyrimidine syntheses, has demonstrated clinical activity in non-small cell lung cancer cells, as well as in a broad array of other solid tumors. In this study, we show that inducing cell cycle S-phase arrest and apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells with pemetrexed is associated with increased cyclin-A and cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (Cdk2) protein and Cdk2/cyclin-A kinase activity. Knockdown of cyclin-A using small interfering RNA (siRNA), and inhibiting Cdk2 activity with flavopiridol, strikingly reduced S-phase arrest and apoptosis. Moreover, pemetrexed induced sustained activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2). Knockdown of ERK1/2 using specific siRNA, as well as known inhibitors (PD98059 and U0126), effectively suppressed the expression of cyclin-A and Cdk2, and reduced S-phase arrest and apoptosis induced by pemetrexed. These data provide the first evidence that pemetrexed-induced S-phase arrest and apoptosis is associated with an increase in Cdk2 and cyclin-A expression and activation, which is ERK-dependent and upstream of caspase-3. Our findings suggest that the ERK-mediated Cdk2/cyclin-A signaling pathway is an important regulator of pemetrexed-induced S-phase arrest and apoptotic cell death. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0014-2999
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2011.04.057
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