Naringenin is a novel inhibitor of Dictyostelium cell proliferation and cell migration

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Paul A. Steimle, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Naringenin is a flavanone compound that alters critical cellular processes such as cell multiplication, glucose uptake, and mitochondrial activity. In this study, we used the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, as a model system for examining the cellular processes and signaling pathways affected by naringenin. We found that naringenin inhibited Dictyostelium cell division in a dose-dependent manner (IC50 ~ 20 µM). Assays of Dictyostelium chemotaxis and multicellular development revealed that naringenin possesses a previously unrecognized ability to suppress amoeboid cell motility. We also found that naringenin, which is known to inhibit phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase activity, had no apparent effect on phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate synthesis in live Dictyostelium cells; suggesting that this compound suppresses cell growth and migration via alternative signaling pathways. In another context, the discoveries described here highlight the value of using the Dictyostelium model system for identifying and characterizing the mechanisms by which naringenin, and related compounds, exert their effects on eukaryotic cells.

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Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 345(1): 516-522
Language: English
Date: 2006
Cell migration, Cell proliferation, Phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase, Naringenin, Dictyostelium, Chemotaxis, Cell division, Flavonoids

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