Abstract Title:

Melatonin decreases breast cancer metastasis by modulating ROCK-1 expression.

Abstract Source:

J Pineal Res. 2015 Aug 21. Epub 2015 Aug 21. PMID: 26292662

Abstract Author(s):

Thaiz Ferraz Borin, Ali Syed Arbab, Gabriela Bottaro Gelaleti, Lívia Carvalho Ferreira, Marina Gobbe Moschetta, Bruna Victorasso Jardim-Perassi, Asm Iskander, Nadimpalli Ravi S Varma, Adarsh Shankar, Verena Benedick Coimbra, Vanessa Alves Fabri, Juliana Garcia de Oliveira, Debora Aparecida Pires de Campos Zuccari

Article Affiliation:

Thaiz Ferraz Borin


The occurrence of metastasis, an important breast cancer prognostic factor, depends on cell migration/invasion mechanisms, which can be controlled by regulatory and effector molecules such as Rho-associated kinase protein (ROCK-1). Increased expression of this protein promotes tumor growth and metastasis, which can be restricted by ROCK-1 inhibitors. Melatonin has shown oncostatic, anti-metastatic, and antiangiogenic effects and can modulate ROCK-1 expression. Metastatic and non-metastatic breast cancer cell lines were treated with melatonin as well as with specific ROCK-1 inhibitor (Y27632). Cell viability, cell migration/invasion and ROCK-1 gene and protein expression were determined in vitro. In vivo lung metastasis study was performed using female athymic nude mice treated with either melatonin or Y27832 for 2 and 5 weeks. The metastases were evaluated by X-ray computed tomography (CT) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and by immunohistochemistry for ROCK-1 and cytokeratin proteins. Melatonin and Y27632 treatments reduced cell viability, invasion/migration of both cell lines and decreased ROCK-1 gene expression in metastatic cells and protein expression in non-metastatic cell line. The numbers of"hot"spots (lung metastasis) identified by SPECT images, were significantly lower in treated groups. ROCK-1 protein expression also was decreased in metastatic foci of treated groups. Melatonin has shown to be effective in controlling metastatic breast cancer in vitro and in vivo, not only via inhibition of the proliferation of tumor cells but also through direct antagonism of metastatic mechanism of cells rendered by ROCK-1 inhibition. When Y27632 was used, the effects were similar to those found with melatonin treatment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2022 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.