Antitumor effect of novel small chemical inhibitors of Snail-p53 binding in K-Ras-mutated cancer cells

S. H. Lee, G. N. Shen, Y. S. Jung, S. J. Lee, J. Y. Chung, H. S. Kim, Y. Xu, Y. Choi, J. W. Lee, N. C. Ha, G. Y. Song, B. J. Park

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p53 is frequently mutated by genetic alternation or suppressed by various kinds of cellular signaling pathways in human cancers. Recently, we have revealed that p53 is suppressed and eliminated from cells by direct binding with oncogenic K-Ras-induced Snail. On the basis of the fact, we generated specific inhibitors against p53-Snail binding (GN25 and GN29). These chemicals can induce p53 expression and functions in K-Ras-mutated cells. However, it does not show cytotoxic effect on normal cells or K-Ras-wild-type cells. Moreover, GN25 can selectively activate wild-type p53 in p53 WT/MT cancer cells. But single allelic mt p53 containing cell line, Panc-1, does not respond to our chemical. In vivo xenograft test also supports the antitumor effect of GN25 in K-Ras-mutated cell lines. These results suggest that our compounds are strong candidate for anticancer drug against K-Ras-initiated human cancers including pancreatic and lung cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4576-4587
Number of pages12
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 12

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by national cancer center of Korea (0920250; BJP), by the Bio-Scientific Research Grant funded by the Pusan National University (PNU-2008-101-20080596000; BJP) and by the Priority Research Center Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2009-0093815; GYS).


  • K-Ras
  • Snail
  • anticancer drug
  • p53
  • pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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