A novel bioactive polyacetylene compound, 1,2-dihydroxy-5(E)-tridecene-7,9, 11-triyne (compound 1), was identified from the Bidens pilosa extract using an ex vivo primary human umbilical vein endothelium cell (HUVEC) bioassay-guided fractionation protocol. Our results demonstrate that compound 1 (at 2.5 μg/ mL) possessed significant anti-angiogenic effects, as manifested by an inhibition of HUVEC proliferation, migration, and the formation of tube-like structures in collagen gel. Moreover, compound 1 induced HUVECs to undergo cell death in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The mechanisms underlying these pharmacological effects include reduced expression of cell cycle mediators such as CDK4, cyclins D1 and A, retinoblastoma (Rb) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (VEGFR-1), and promotion of caspase-mediated activation of CDK inhibitors p21(Cip1) and p27(Kip). Moreover, apoptotic induction in HUVECs mediated by compound 1 was found to be in part through overexpression of FasL protein, down-regulation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2, and activation of caspase-7 and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase. This study demonstrates the potent anti-angiogenic and apoptotic activities of compound 1, suggesting that phytocompounds such as polyacetylenes deserve more attention regarding their potential as candidates for anti-angiogenic therapeutics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Molecular Medicine
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Drug Discovery
- Complementary and alternative medicine
- Organic Chemistry