Triggering of cancer cell cycle arrest by a novel scorpion venom-derived peptide-Gonearrestide

Bin Li, Peng Lyu, Xinping Xi, Lilin Ge, Ravikiran Mahadevappa, Chris Shaw, Hang Fai Kwok

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In this study, a novel scorpion venom‐derived peptide named Gonearrestide was identified in an in‐house constructed scorpion venom library through a combination of high‐throughput NGS transcriptome and MS/MS proteome platform. In total, 238 novel peptides were discovered from two scorpion species; and 22 peptides were selected for further study after a battery of functional prediction analysis. Following a series of bioinformatics analysis alongside with in vitro biological functional screenings, Gonearrestide was found to be a highly potent anticancer peptide which acts on a broad spectrum of human cancer cells while causing few if any observed cytotoxic effects on epithelial cells and erythrocytes. We further investigated the precise anticancer mechanism of Gonearrestide by focusing on its effects on the colorectal cancer cell line, HCT116. NGS RNA sequencing was employed to obtain full gene expression profiles in HCT116 cells, cultured in the presence and absence of Gonearrestide, to dissect signalling pathway differences. Taken together the in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo validation studies, it was proven that Gonearrestide could inhibit the growth of primary colon cancer cells and solid tumours by triggering cell cycle arrest in G1 phase through inhibition of cyclin‐dependent kinases 4 (CDK4) and up‐regulate the expression of cell cycle regulators/inhibitors—cyclin D3, p27, and p21. Furthermore, prediction of signalling pathways and potential binding sites used by Gonearrestide are also presented in this study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4460-4473
JournalJournal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Issue number9
Early online date11 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


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