Anticancer potential of NF-κB targeting apoptotic molecule "flavipin" isolated from endophytic Chaetomium globosum.


Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 004, India. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : Anticancer compounds from natural sources have drawn attention due to their structural diversity and relatively lesser side effects. Endophytic fungi are one such natural resource from, which plethoras of anticancerous compounds have been isolated.
OBJECTIVE : The objective of the study was to isolate and characterize the bioactive metabolite from Chaetomium globosum that exhibits astonishing antiproliferative activity against cancerous cell lines.
METHODS : Flavipin was isolated by bioassay-guided fractionation and identified using FT-IR, EI-MS and NMR studies. MTT assay was used to determine the cytotoxicity. Fluorescent staining (AO/EB) and DNA fragmentation studies confirmed the occurrence of apoptosis. Real time PCR and Western blotting were used to analyze the expression of apoptosis related genes and its proteins, respectively.
RESULTS : Flavipin inhibited proliferation of A549, HT-29 and MCF-7 cancer cells in dose dependent manner with an IC50 concentration of 9.89 µg/ml, 18 µg/ml and 54 µg/ml, respectively, whereas it was comparatively less sensitive (IC50 = 78.89 µg/ml) against normal cell line (CCD-18Co). At IC50 concentration cancerous cells exhibited cell shrinkage and fragmentation of DNA, which indicated that flavipin induced apoptotic cell death. In treated cells there is an up-regulation of p53 gene and its associated protein, whereas reciprocal expression was observed in BCL-2 gene and its protein. Furthermore, western blotting results also showed down-regulation of NFκB.
CONCLUSIONS : This is the first report on the antiproliferative activity of flavipin isolated from endophytic C. globosum and also proposed that interaction of flavipin with NFкB could be a possible mechanism for this activity. Flavipin induced apoptosis at low concentrations in cancer cell lines (A549, HT-29) and exhibited itself as a potential anticancer agent.


Anti proliferative activity,Apoptosis,Chaetomium globosum,Docking,Endophytes,Flavipin,