GBM Stem Cell Cycle Arrest by 3,4-Dihydroquinolin-1(2H)-yl)(p-tolyl)methyl)phenol

Abstract (Cells, 2020)


Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small subpopulation of cells existing in the tumor microenvironment promoting cell proliferation and growth. Targeting the stemness of the CSC population would offer a vital therapeutic opportunity. 3,4-Dihydroquinolin-1(2H)-yl)(p-tolyl)methyl)phenol (THTMP), a small synthetic phenol compound, is proposed to play a significant role in controlling the CSC proliferation and survival. We assessed the potential therapeutic effects of THTMP on glioblastoma multiforme(GBM) and its underlying mechanism in various signaling pathways. To fully comprehend the effect of THTMP on the CSCs, CD133+GBM stem cell (GSC) and CD133-GBM Non-stem cancer cells (NSCC) population from LN229 and SNB19 cell lines was used. Cell cycle arrest, apoptosis assay and transcriptome analysis were performed for individual cell population. THTMP strongly inhibited NSCC and in a subtle way for GSC in a time-dependent manner and inhibit the resistance variants better than that of temozolomide (TMZ). THTMP arrest the CSC cell population at bothG1/S and G2/M phase and induce ROS-mediated apoptosis. Gene expression profiling characterizeTHTMP as an inhibitor of the p53 signaling pathway causing DNA damage and cell cycle arrest in CSC population. We show that the THTMP majorly affects the EGFR and CSC signaling pathways. Specifically, modulation of key genes involved in Wnt, Notch and Hedgehog, revealed the significant role of THTMP in disrupting the CSCs’ stemness and functions. Moreover, THTMP inhibited cell growth, proliferation and metastasis of multiple mesenchymal patient-tissue derived GBM-cell lines.THTMP arrests GBM stem cell cycle through the modulation of EGFR and CSC signaling pathways.

Novel agonists for brain sensor

Abstract (Int J Biol Macromol, 2017)

G Protein-coupled Receptor 17 (GPR17) is phylogenetically related to the purinergic receptors emerged as a potential drug target for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease and cancer. Unfortunately, the crystal structure of GPR17 is unresolved. With the interest in structure-based ligand discovery, we modeled the structure of GPR17. The model allowed us to identify two novel agonists, AC1MLNKK and T0510.3657 that selectively activate GPR17 which exhibit better interaction properties than previously known ligand, MDL29951. We report detailed protein-ligand interactions and the dynamics of GPR17-ligand interaction by molecular docking and molecular dynamics experiments. Ex vivo validation of GPR17-ligand interaction provides evidence that ligand T0510-3657 and AC1MLNKK inhibits the cAMP levels in GPR17-HEK293T cells, with a pEC50 of 4.79 and 4.64, respectively. In silico and ex vivo validation experiments provided the deep understanding of ligand binding with GPR17 and the present findings reported here may lead to use these two compounds as a potential activator of GPR17 for therapeutic intervention.