3-Deazaneplanocin A is a Promising Therapeutic Agent for Ovarian Cancer Cells

  • Shen, Liang (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University) ;
  • Cui, Jing (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Jinan Stomatologic Hospital) ;
  • Pang, Ying-Xin (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University) ;
  • Ma, Yan-Hui (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University) ;
  • Liu, Pei-Shu (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University)
  • Published : 2013.05.30


Background: Recent studies have shown that 3-deazaneplanocin A (DZNep), a well-known histone methyltransferase inhibitor, disrupts polycomb-repressive complex 2 (PRC2), and induces apoptosis, while inhibiting proliferation and metastasis, in cancer cells, including acute myeloid leukemia, breast cancer and glioblastoma. However, little is known about effects of DZNep on ovarian cancer cells. Materials and Methods: We here therefore studied DZNep-treated A2780 ovarian cancer cells in vitro. Proliferation of ovarian cancer cells under treatment of DZNep was assessed by MTT and apoptosis by flow cytometry. Cell wound healing was applied to detect the migration. Finally, we used q-PCR to assess the migration-related gene, E-cadherin. Results: DZNep could inhibit the proliferation of A2780 and induce apoptosis Furthermore, it inhibited migration and increased the expression of E-cadherin (P<0.05). Conclusion: DZNep is a promising therapeutic agent for ovarian cancer cells, with potential to inhibite proliferation, induce apoptosis and decrease migration.


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