Selaginella tamariscina (Beauv.) possesses antimetastatic effects on human osteosarcoma cells by decreasing MMP-2 and MMP-9 secretions via p38 and Akt signaling pathways

Jia-Sin Yang, Chiao-Wen Lin, Yih-Shou Hsieh, Hsin-Lin Cheng, Ko-Huang Lue, Shun-Fa Yang, Ko-Hsiu Lu
Food and Chemical Toxicology 2013, 59: 801-7
Selaginella tamariscina is a traditional medicinal plant for treatment of some advanced cancers in the Orient. However, the effect of S. tamariscina on metastasis of osteosarcoma and the underlying mechanism remain unclear. We tested the hypothesis that S. tamariscina suppresses cellular motility, invasion and migration and also investigated its signaling pathways. This study demonstrates that S. tamariscina, at a range of concentrations (from 0 to 50 μg/mL), concentration-dependently inhibited the migration/invasion capacities of three osteosarcoma cell lines without cytotoxic effects. Zymographic and western blot analyses revealed that S. tamariscina inhibited the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 enzyme activity, as well as protein expression. Western blot analysis also showed that S. tamariscina inhibits phosphorylation of p38 and Akt. Furthermore, SB203580 (p38 inhibitor) and LY294002 (PI3K inhibitor) showed the similar effects as S. tamariscina in U2OS cells. In conclusion, S. tamariscina possesses an antimetastatic activity in osteosarcoma cells by down-regulating MMP-2 and MMP-9 secretions and increasing TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 expressions through p38 and Akt-dependent pathways. S. tamariscina may be a powerful candidate to develop a preventive agent for osteosarcoma metastasis.

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