A novel compound NSC745885 exerts an anti-tumor effect on tongue cancer SAS cells in vitro and in vivo

Yuan Wu Chen, Hsu Shan Huang, Yi Shing Shieh, Kuo Hsing Ma, Shing Hwa Huang, Dueng Yuan Hueng, Huey Kang Sytwu, Gu Jiun Lin

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Objective: Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a prevalent cancer, especially in developing countries. Anthracyclines and their anthraquinone derivatives, such as doxorubicin, exhibit a cell growth inhibitory effect and have been used as anti-cancer drugs for many years. However, the cardiotoxicity of anthracycline antibiotics is a major concern in their clinical application. NSC745885 is a novel compound synthesized from 1,2-diaminoanthraquinone, which subsequently reacts with thionyl chloride and triethylamine. The present study aimed to investigate the anti-oral cancer potential and the safety of NSC745885. Methods: We investigated the anti-cancer potential of NSC745885 in oral squamous carcinoma cell lines and in an in vivo oral cancer xenograft mouse model. The expression of apoptotic related genes were evaluated by real-time RT-PCR and western bloting, and the in vivo assessment of apoptotic marker were measured by immunohistochemical staining. The anti-tumor efficiency and safety between doxorubicin and NSC745885 were also compared. Results: Our results demonstrated that NSC745885 exhibits anti-oral cancer activity through the induction of apoptosis in cancer cells and in tumor-bearing mice, and this treatment did not induce marked toxicity in experimental mice. This compound also exhibits a comparable anti-tumor efficiency and a higher safety in experimental mice when compared to doxorubicin. Conclusions: The data of this study provide evidence for NSC745885 as a potential novel therapeutic drug for the treatment of human OSCC.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere104703
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General


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