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Proteomic identification of eEF1A1 as a molecular target of curcumol for suppressing metastasis of MDA-MB-231 cells.

Abstract

Curcumol, a major volatile component in Rhizoma Curcumae, exhibits a potent antimetastatic effect on breast cancer cells. However, its molecular mechanism remains poorly understood. In this study, we employed two-dimensional gel electrophoresis-based proteomics to investigate the cellular targets of curcumol in MDA-MB-231 cells and identified 10 differentially expressed proteins. Moreover, Gene Ontology analysis revealed that these proteins are mainly involved in nine types of cellular components, seven different biological processes, and nine kinds of molecular functions, and 35 pathways (p<0.05) were enriched by KEGG pathway analysis. Specially, eEF1A1, a well-characterized actin binding protein, draws our attention. Curcumol decreased eEF1A1 expression at both mRNA and protein levels. EEF1A1 expression was shown to be correlated with the invasiveness of cancer cells. Importantly, overexpression of eEF1A1 significantly reversed the inhibition of curcumol regarding the invasion and adhesion of MDA-MB-231 cells (p<0.05). Together, our data suggest that eEF1A1 may be a potential molecular target underlying the antimetastatic effect of curcumol.