Synergistic antitumor effects of liposomal honokiol combined with cisplatin in colon cancer models
Affiliations: Clinical Skills Training Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, P.R. China
- Published online on: July 5, 2011 https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2011.350
- Pages: 957-962
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Honokiol, a novel antitumor agent, may induce apoptosis and inhibit the growth of vascular endothelium in a number of tumor cell lines and xenograft models. It has been proposed that the antitumor effects of chemotherapy may be increased in combination with an antiangiogenesis agent as an anticancer strategy. In the present study, we examined the potential of honokiol to increase the antitumor effect of cisplatin (DDP) when the agent and drug were combined in murine CT26 colon cancer models, and investigated the underlying mechanism. Liposomal honokiol (LH) was prepared, and female BALB/c mice were administered LH at various doses to determine the optimum doses for honokial. Evaluation of cell apoptosis was analyzed using flow cytometry. Honokiol was encapsulated with liposome to improve its water insolubility. In vitro, LH inhibited the proliferation of CT26 cells via apoptosis and significantly enhanced the DPP-induced apoptosis of CT26 cells. In vivo, the systemic administration of LH plus DDP resulted in the inhibition of subcutaneous tumor growth beyond the effects observed with either LH or DDP alone. This growth reduction was associated with elevated levels of apoptosis (TUNEL staining) and reduced endothelial cell density (CD31 staining) compared with either treatment alone. Collectively, these findings indicate that LH may augment the induction of apoptosis in CT26 cells in vitro and in vivo, and this combined treatment has exhibited synergistic suppression in tumor progression according to the synergistic analysis. The present study may be significant to future exploration of the potential application of the combined approach in the treatment of colon cancer.