Study Title:

Glucosamine Inhibits Prostate Cancer Cells

Study Abstract

Inflammation is a complex process involving cytokine production to regulate host defense cascades. In contrast to the therapeutic significance of acute inflammation, a pathogenic impact of chronic inflammation on cancer development has been proposed. Upregulation of inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1beta and IL-8, has been noted in prostate cancer patients and IL-8 has been shown to promote prostate cancer cell proliferation and migration; however, it is not clear whether IL-1beta regulates IL-8 expression in prostate cancer cells. Glucosamine is widely regarded as an anti-inflammatory agent and thus we hypothesized that if IL-1beta activated IL-8 production in prostate cancer cells, then glucosamine ought to blunt such an effect. Three prostate cancer cell lines, DU-145, PC-3, and LNCaP, were used to evaluate the effects of IL-1beta and glucosamine on IL-8 expression using ELISA and RT-PCR analyses. IL-1beta elevated IL-8 mRNA expression and subsequent IL-8 secretion. Glucosamine significantly inhibited IL-1beta-induced IL-8 secretion. IL-8 appeared to induce LNCaP cell proliferation by MTT assay; involvement of IL-8 in IL-1beta-dependent PC-3 cell migration was demonstrated by wound-healing and transwell migration assays. Inhibitors of MAPKs and NFkappaB were used to pinpoint MAPKs but not NFkappaB being involved in IL-1beta-mediated IL-8 production. IL-1beta-provoked phosphorylation of all MAPKs was notably suppressed by glucosamine. We suggest that IL-1beta can activate the MAPK pathways resulting in an induction of IL-8 production, which promotes prostate cancer cell proliferation and migration. In this context, glucosamine appears to inhibit IL-1beta-mediated activation of MAPKs and therefore reduces IL-8 production; this, in turn, attenuates cell proliferation/migration.

Study Information

Tsai CY, Lee TS, Kou YR, Wu YL.
Glucosamine inhibits IL-1beta-mediated IL-8 production in prostate cancer cells by MAPK attenuation.
J Cell Biochem.
2009 October
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.

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