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EP1124 CKD-602, a topoisomerase I inhibitor, induces apoptosis and cell-cycle arrest and inhibits invasion in murine cervical cancer
  1. Y Jung,
  2. SY Hur and
  3. YJ Choi
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Introduction/Background Cervical cancer is the third most common gynecological malignancy. Conventional treatment options are known to be ineffective for the majority of patients with advanced or recurrent cervical cancer. Therefore, novel therapeutic agents for cervical cancer are necessary. In this study, the effects of CKD-602 in cervical cancer were investigated

Methodology Three established human, immortalized, cervical cancer cell lines (CaSki, HeLa and SiHa) were used in this study. Following treatment with CKD-602, apoptosis was quantified using fluorescein isothiocyanate Annexin V-FITC and propidium iodide (PI) detection kit and cell cycle analysis was analyzed using fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS). Transwell chambers were used for invasion assays. Western blot assay was performed to analyze proteomics. CaSki cells were subcutaneously injected into BALB/c-nude mice and cervical cancer xenograft model was established to elucidate the antitumor effect of CKD-602 in vivo.

Results Treatment with CKD-602 induced apoptosis and increased expression of the enzyme PARP, cleaved PARP, and BAX. In addition, expression of phosphorylated p53 increased. Cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and inhibition of invasion were detected after treatment with CKD-602. A significant decrease in cervical cancer tumor volume was observed in this in vivo model, following treatment with CKD-602.

Conclusion This is the first report of CKD-602 having an antitumor effect in cervical cancer in both an in vitro and in vivo models. The results of this study indicate that CKD-602 may be a novel potential drug, targeting cervical cancer, providing new opportunities in the development of new therapeutic strategies.

Disclosure This work was supported by Chong Kun Dang Corporation and Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT (2018M3A9E8021512).

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