Published: 2019-04-23

Effectiveness of malabaricone-A in P-glycoprotein over-expressing cancer cell lines

Nafisha Yasmin, Alak Manna, Sritama D. Sarkar, Chandrakana Bandyopadhyay, Ajay K. Bauri, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Mitali Chatterjee


Background: A major impediment in treatment for cancers is resistance to chemotherapy and is primarily attributed to over-expression of efflux pumps. This study aimed to establish the cytotoxicity of malabaricone-A (MAL-A) in P-glycoprotein/multidrug resistance (P-gp/MDR) over-expressing hematopoietic cancer cell lines.

Methods: Leukemia and multiple myeloma cell lines were indirectly evaluated for their P-gp/MDR status by examining Calcein-AM fluorescence and cell viability was assessed by the MTS-PMS assay.

Results: The fluorescence of calcein was significantly decreased in three cell lines LP-1, RPMI-8226 and CEM-ADR 5000 and reversal with verapamil endorsed their P-gp/MDR activity. The mean IC50 of MAL-A in these MDR+ cell lines (5.40±1.41 to 12.33±0.78 µg/ml) was comparable with the MDR- leukemic (9.72±1.08 to 19.26±0.75 µg/ml) and multiple myeloma cell lines (9.65±0.39 to 18.05±0.17 μg/ml).

Conclusions: Irrespective of their P-gp activity, the cytotoxicity of MAL-A was comparable, making it worthy of future pharmacological consideration in multidrug resistance.


Anti-cancer, Calcein, Malabaricone-A, Multidrug resistance MDR, P-glycoprotein

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