Blockade of Her2 binding to Hsp90 by emodin azide 2-Methylanthraquinonederivative induces proteasomal degradation of Her2
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Intriguingly, reserve transcription-PCR and protein turn-over assay revealed that the decrease of Her2/neu was independent of mRNA level but primarily owing to its protein stability. Meanwhile, proteasome inhibitor MG132 but not lysosome inhibitor chloroquine could restore Her2/neu and polyubiquitination of Her2/neu was augmented during emodin AMAD treatment. Furthermore, immunofluorescence study with anti-Her2/neu antibody showed that emodin AMAD disturbed the subcellular distribution of Her2/neu, with decreased location in the plasma membrane. Importantly, coimmunoprecipitation with anti-Hsp90 antibody revealed that emodin AMAD markedly impaired the binding between Hsp90 and Her2/neu. In addition, combination of emodin AMAD treatment and SiRNA against Her2 synergistically inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis. 

Taken together, these data suggest that blockade of Her2/neu binding to Hsp90 and following proteasomal degradation of Her2/neu was involved in emodin AMAD-induced apoptosis in Her2/neu-overexpressing cancer cells. Our results provide suggestions that emodin AMAD could be promising as a new targeting therapeutic strategy in the treatment of Her2/neu-overexpressing cancers. Citation Format: {Authors}. {Abstract title} [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2011 Apr 2-6; Orlando, FL. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2011;71(8 Suppl):Abstract nr 4400. doi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2011-4400

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