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Abstract Title:

Ascorbic Acid Inhibits Liver Cancer Growth and Metastasisand, Independent of Stemness Gene Regulation.

Abstract Source:

Front Pharmacol. 2021 ;12:726015. Epub 2021 Aug 24. PMID: 34504430

Abstract Author(s):

Jingjing Wan, Juan Zhou, Lu Fu, Yubin Li, Huawu Zeng, Xike Xu, Chao Lv, Huizi Jin

Article Affiliation:

Jingjing Wan


Experimental and clinical evidence has indicated that the natural product ascorbic acid (AA) is effective in preventing and treating various types of cancers. However, the effect of AA on liver cancer metastasis has not yet been reported. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play pivotal roles in cancer metastasis. Here, we demonstrated that AA selectively inhibited the viability of both liver cancer cells and CSCs, reduced the formation of cancer cell colonies and CSC spheres, and inhibited tumor growth. Additionally, AA prevented liver cancer metastasis in a xenotransplantation model without suppressing stemness gene expression in liver CSCs. Further study indicated that AA increased the concentration of HOand induced apoptosis in liver CSCs. Catalase attenuated the inhibitory effects of AA on liver CSC viability. In conclusion, AA inhibited the viability of liver CSCs and the growth and metastasis of liver cancer cellsandby increasing the production of HOand inducing apoptosis. Our findings provide evidence that AA exerts its anti-liver cancer efficacyand, in a manner that is independent of stemness gene regulation.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

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