Synergistic Effect of TPD7 and Berberine against Leukemia Jurkat Cell Growth through Regulating Ephrin-B2 Signaling

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TPD7, a novel biphenyl urea taspine derivative, and berberine have presented inhibition on VEGFR2 that can be regulated by ephrin-B2 reverse signaling through interactions with the PDZ domain. The purpose of this study is to investigate the inhibitory effect of the combination of TPD7 and berberine (TAB) on T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell growth. TPD7 and berberine together synergistically inhibited the proliferation of Jurkat cells. Also, the combination of TAB induced G1-phase cell-cycle arrest by downregulating the level of cyclin D1, cyclin E, and CDC2. Furthermore, the combination of TAB significantly enhanced apoptosis in Jurkat cells, and the apoptosis most likely resulted from the modulation of the level of Bcl-2 family members. Most importantly, the concomitant treatment simultaneously regulated the ephrin-B2 and VEGFR2 signaling, as well as modulated the MEK/ERK and PTEN/PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling. Therefore, the combination treatment of TAB may be a promising therapeutic method in treating T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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