Drug Dev Res 2018 02 16;79(1):3-10. Epub 2017 Oct 16.
Department of Immunology and School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Dalseo-Gu, Daegu, South Korea.
Preclinical Research & Development Angelicin is a furocoumarin derived from Psoralea corylifolia L. fruit that has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity. In the present study, the effect of angelicin in enhancing tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-induced apoptotic cell death was studied in Caki (renal carcinoma) cells. Angelicin alone and TRAIL alone had no effect on apoptosis, but in combination these compounds markedly induced apoptosis in the cancer cell lines while not inducing apoptosis in normal cells. The combination treatment induced accumulation of the sub-G1 population, DNA fragmentation, and activated caspase 3 activity in Caki cells, induced down-regulation of c-FLIP expression post-translationally, and over-expression of c-FLIP markedly blocked apoptosis induced by combined treatment with angelicin plus TRAIL. This study provides evidence that angelicin might be a TRAIL sensitizer.