Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jul 27 ;22(15). Epub 2021 Jul 27. PMID: 34360807
Low-Molecular-Weight Fucoidan as Complementary Therapy of Fluoropyrimidine-Based Chemotherapy in Colorectal Cancer.
This study investigated the roles of low-molecular-weight fucoidan (LMWF) in enhancing the anti-cancer effects of fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy. HCT116 and Caco-2 cells were treated with LMWF and 5-FU. Cell viability, cell cycle, apoptosis, and migration were analyzed in both cell types. Potential mechanisms underlying how LMWF enhances the anti-cancer effects of fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy were also explored. The cell viability of HCT116 and Caco-2 cells was significantly reduced after treatment with a LMWF–5FU combination. In HCT116 cells, LMWF enhanced the suppressive effects of 5-FU on cell viability through the (1) induction of cell cycle arrest in the S phase and (2) late apoptosis mediated by the Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway. In Caco-2 cells, LMWF enhanced the suppressive effects of 5-FU on cell viability through both the c-mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET)/Kirsten rat sarcoma virus (KRAS)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and the c-MET/phosphatidyl-inositol 3-kinases (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) signaling pathways. Moreover, LMWF enhanced the suppressive effects of 5-FU on tumor cell migration through the c-MET/matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 signaling pathway in both HCT116 and Caco-2 cells. Our results demonstrated that LMWF is a potential complementary therapy for enhancing the efficacies of fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy in colorectal cancers (CRCs) with the wild-type or mutatedgene through different mechanisms. However, in vivo studies and in clinical trials are required in order to validate the results of the present study.