Solanum incanum extract (SR-T100) induces human cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma apoptosis through modulating tumor necrosis factor receptor signaling pathway.
The Solanum species herbs have been used to treat cancer for centuries; however, the underlying mechanisms and effectiveness in vivo remain unclear.
SR-T100, extracted from the Solanum incanum, contains solamargine alkaloid as the main active ingredient. Here, we investigated the apoptosis-inducing effects of SR-T100 for targeting squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in vitro and in vivo.
We elucidated the mechanism by which SR-T100 induces apoptosis of human SCCs (A431, SCC4, SCC9, and SCC25) cells. The efficacy and safety issues were addressed regarding topical treatment of SR-T100 on UVB-induced cutaneous SCC of hairless mice and actinic keratoses (AKs) of human.
SR-T100 induces apoptosis in human SCCs cell lines by up-regulating the expressions of tumor necrosis factor receptors (TNFRs) and Fas, and downstream adaptors FADD/TRADD of the TNF-α and Fas ligand signaling cascades. SR-T100 also triggered the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway, as up-regulated cytochrome c and Bax, down-regulated Bcl-X(L). Animal experiments showed that all papillomas (35/35) and 27 of 30 UVB-induced microinvasive SCCs in hairless mice disappeared within 10 weeks after once-daily application of topical SR-T100. Furthermore, 13 patients, who suffered with 14 AKs, were treated with once-daily topical SR-T100 gel and 10 AKs cured after 16 weeks, showing negligible discomforts.
Our studies indicate that SR-T100 induces apoptosis of SCC cells via death receptors and the mitochondrial death pathway. The high efficacy of SR-T100 in our preclinical trial suggests that SR-T100 is a highly promising herb for AKs and related disorders.
Wu CH, Liang CH, Shiu LY, Chang LC, Lin TS, Lan CC, Tsai JC, Wong TW, Wei KJ, Lin TK, Chang NS, Sheu HM. J Dermatol Sci. 2011 Aug;63(2):83-92. Epub 2011 Apr 21.