Antibiotic drug tigecycline reduces neuroblastoma cells proliferation by inhibiting Akt activation in vitro and in vivo

Xiaoxia Zhong, Erhu Zhao, Chunling Tang, Weibo Zhang, Juan Tan, Zhen Dong, Hanfei Ding, Hongjuan Cui

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As the first member of glycylcycline bacteriostatic agents, tigecycline is approved as a novel expanded-spectrum antibiotic, which is clinically available. However, accumulating evidence indicated that tigecycline was provided with the potential application in cancer therapy. In this paper, tigecycline was shown to exert an anti-proliferative effect on neuroblastoma cell lines. Furthermore, it was found that tigecycline induced G1-phase cell cycle arrest instead of apoptosis by means of Akt pathway inhibition. In neuroblastoma cell lines, the Akt activator insulin-like growth factor-1 (hereafter referred to as IGF-1) reversed tigecycline-induced cell cycle arrest. Besides, tigecycline inhibited colony formation and suppressed neuroblastoma cells xenograft formation and growth. After tigecycline treatment in vivo, the Akt pathway inhibition was confirmed as well. Collectively, our data provided strong evidences that tigecycline inhibited neuroblastoma cells growth and proliferation through the Akt pathway inhibition in vitro and in vivo. In addition, these results were supported by previous studies concerning the application of tigecycline in human tumors treatment, suggesting that tigecycline might act as a potential candidate agent for neuroblastoma treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7615-7623
Number of pages9
JournalTumor Biology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016



  • Akt activation
  • Cell cycle arrest
  • Cell proliferation
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Tigecycline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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