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Anticancer Effects of Beta-Lapachone

Uma Sharma


Beta-lapachone is a naturally occurring ortho-napthoquinone originated from lapacho tree i.e. Tabebuia avelloandae. It is a bioreductive anticancer drug that synergistically interacts with ionizing radiation and sensitivity of cells to beta-lapachone is related to the activity of NAD (P) H: quinone oxidoreductase 1(NQO1). Beta-lapachone shows a variety of pharmacological effects. The combined effects of ionizing radiation and beta-lapachone that increases mitochondrial apoptotic cell death in an NQO1 dependent manner. And the positive feedback regulation between ERK and ROS induced by combined treatment play an important role in the induction of ER stress. ER stress is required for JNK activation, that leads to subsequent mitochondrial apoptotic cell death. In this paper we can read about the anticancer activity of beta-lapachon, and effects of beta-lapchone with other components on cancer cells. Various anticancer activity of beta-lapachone. Beta-lapchone is inhibited the topoisomerasses I and II. NAD (P) H: Quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1) activity is a principle determinant of beta-lapachone. Effect of NQO1 on cancer cells, highly expressed NQO1 cells are more sensitive to beta-lapachone and cells with lower NQO1 level can escape from beta-lapachone toxicity. Beta-lapachone has various chemotherapeutic effects such as, synergistic effects,cytotoxic effects,and neoplastic effects etc. Most researchers said that beta-lapachone leads to cell death through apoptosis but few studied indicate the necrotic signaling involving in cell death mediated by beta-lapachone. This type cell death called necroptosis combined both apoptotic and necrotic signal beta-lapachone also infers the replication of HIV I through the inhibition of beta-lapachone inhibiting DNA. Beta-lapachone cause apoptosis in various tumor cells.

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