Ovatodiolide inhibits the oncogenicity and cancer stem cell-like phenotype of glioblastoma cells, as well as potentiate the anticancer effect of temozolomide

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Background: Ovatodiolide (Ova), a major bioactive diterpenoid isolate of Anisomeles indica has drawn considerable attention lately as an effective anticancer agent with several published works demonstrating its tumor-inhibitory activity in various cancer types. Purpose: In this study, we examined the modulatory effect of Ova on the oncogenicity, proliferation, and cancer stem cell-like traits of glioblastoma (GBM) cells, as well as investigated the underlying molecular mechanism for the anticancer activity of Ova in GBM cell lines, U-87MG and GBM8401. Methods: The antiproliferative, apoptotic, and stemness-attenuating effects of Ova were evaluated using the sulforhodamine B (SRB) colorimetric assay, western blot and fluorescent immunocytochemistry. Cell apoptosis was analyzed based on variation in the expression levels of Bcl-2 family of regulator proteins Bax, Bak, Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL. Results: Ova induced the apoptosis of the U-87MG and GBM8401 cells, as well as effectively inhibited the proliferation and motility of the GBM cell lines in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Ova-induced apoptosis correlated with increased Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, while inhibition of tumor cell migration and colony formation was associated with reduced Slug, Vimentin, N[sbnd]Cadherin and β-catenin protein expression and increased E-Cadherin. In addition, exposure to Ova inhibited tumorsphere formation, elicited downregulation of CD44, CD133, Sox2, and Oct4, as well as correlated with dysregulation of the JAK2-STAT3 signaling pathway. Furthermore, we showed for the first time to the best of our knowledge that Ova potentiate the chemotherapeutic effect of Temozolomide. Conclusion: Taken together, our findings demonstrate the anticancer potential of Ova in GBM and its efficacy in the treatment of GBM as monotherapy and in combination with Temozolomide.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152840
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • Chemoresistance
  • Chemotherapy
  • Glioma stem cells
  • Temozolomide
  • Tumorsphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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