A small molecule compound 759 inhibits the wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway via increasing the Axin protein stability

Seunghan Sun, Young Dae Gong, Jong Soon Kang, Mi Sook Dong, Yongseok Choi

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Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays important role in cancers. Compound 759 is one of the compounds previously screened to identify inhibitors of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in A549 cells [Lee et al. in Bioorg Med Chem Lett 20:5900–5904, 2010]. However, the mechanism by which Compound 759 induces the inhibition of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway remains unknown. In our study, we employed various assays to comprehensively evaluate the effects of Compound 759 on lung cancer cells. Our results demonstrated that Compound 759 significantly suppressed cell proliferation and Wnt3a-induced Topflash activity and arrested the cell cycle at the G1 stage. Changes in Wnt/β-catenin signaling-related protein expression, gene activity, and protein stability including Axin, and p21, were achieved through western blot and qRT-PCR analysis. Compound 759 treatment upregulated the mRNA level of p21 and increased Axin protein levels without altering the mRNA expression in A549 cells. Co-treatment of Wnt3a and varying doses of Compound 759 dose-dependently increased the amounts of Axin1 in the cytosol and inhibited β-catenin translocation into the nucleus. Moreover, Compound 759 reduced tumor size and weight in the A549 cell-induced tumor growth in the in vivo tumor xenograft mouse model. Our findings indicate that Compound 759 exhibits potential anti-cancer activity by inhibiting the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway through the increase of Axin1 protein stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number147
JournalMedical Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Jun

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  • Axin
  • Compound 759
  • Lung cancer
  • Protein stability
  • Therapeutics
  • Wnt/β-catenin pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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