E-GEOD-41072 - Rocaglamide selectively inhibits the G1-S-phase transition in cancer cells by activation of the ATM/ATR-mediated Chk1/2 cell cycle checkpoints

Released on 12 October 2013, last updated on 2 June 2014
Homo sapiens
Samples (40)
Array (1)
Protocols (7)
The cell division cycle is tightly controlled in normal cells. Cancer cells are characterized by deregulation in cell division cycle, which is associated with increased DNA replication and elevated cellular proliferation. Recently, genetic studies indicate that cyclin dependent kinases CDK2, CDK4 and CDK6 are not essential for the mammalian cell cycle, instead, they are only required for the proliferation of specific cell types.Thus, targeting the activities of CDK2, CDK4 and CDK6 may be a promising approach for cancer treatment. Rocaglamides (Roc) (= Flavaglines), derived from the traditional Chinese medicinal plant Aglaia, are a group of naturally occurring herbal chemicals characterized by a cyclopenta[b]benzofurans skeleton. A number of Roc derivatives have been found to have potent inhibitory effects on tumor growth with IC50 concentrations at the nM rages. Roc-mediated inhibition of proliferation was first found to be associated with inhibition of protein synthesis in 1998. In this study, using the representative Roc-A compound we revealed a novel mechanistic function of Roc. We show that Roc-A induces rapid activation of ATM (ataxiatelangiectasia mutated) and ATR (ataxia-telangiectasia and Rad3-related) kinases. Activated ATM and ATR in turn activate the downstream checkpoint kinases CHK1 and CHK2. The latter then phosphorylate Cdc25A that leads to a phosphorylation-mediated degradation of Cdc25A. Usually, ATR and ATM are activated in response to DNA damage. However, in this study we show that Roc-A does not directly induce DNA breaks. To elucidate the molecular mechanism by which Roc-A activates ATM and ATR we performed a time-resolved microarray analysis to compare Roc-A-inducible genes in malignant vs. normal T lymphocytes. Based on the dynamic gene responses we found that Roc-A stimulates in Jurkat, but not in normal T lymphocytes, a set of genes responsive to DNA damage and nucleotide excision repair. This finding provides a hint of the molecular bases for Roc-induced activation of ATM and ATR. This finding also revealed a new scope for cancer treatment using Roc-A. The isolation time points for Roc A treated D6 T-cells were recorded at t=[1,2,3,4,6,8,10,14,20,28,36] hours after stimulation. Post-stimulation time points for Jurkat cells are t=[0.5,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,12,14,16,20,24,28,32,36]. Unstimulated control time points were taken at t=[0,4,10,16,24,36] hours for Jurkat cells at t=[0,6,14,24,36] hours.
Experiment type
transcription profiling by array 
Hauke Busch, Jennifer Neumann, Melanie Boerries, Min Li-Weber
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-41072.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-41072.sdrf.txt
Processed data (1)E-GEOD-41072.processed.1.zip
Array designA-MEXP-1172.adf.txt