Catalog Number: 4761
Chemical Name: 5-Hydroxy-2-methyl-1,4-naphthalenedione
Biological Activity
Anticancer agent. Induces G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in A549 cells through JNK-dependent p53 Ser15 phosphorylation; inhibits A549 and MDA-MD-231 tumour xenograft growth in nude mice. Promotes autophagic cell death in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cells and inhibits Akt/mTOR signaling. Induces intracellular ROS generation in a PI 5-kinase-dependent manner. Also inhibits p300-mediated acetylation of p53.
Technical Data
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    Soluble to 100 mM in DMSO and to 50 mM in ethanol
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    Store at -20°C
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Background References
  1. Plumbagin (5-hydroxy-2-methyl-1,4-napthoquinone) induces apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in A549 cells through p53 accumulation via c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase mediated phosphorylation at serine 15 in vitro and in vivo.
    Hsu et al.
    J.Pharmacol.Exp.Ther., 2006;318:484
  2. Plumbagin induces G2-M arrest and autophagy by inhibiting the AKT/mammalian target of rapamycin pathway in breast cancer cells.
    Kuo et al.
    Mol.Cancer Ther., 2006;5:3209
  3. The natural anticancer agent plumbagin induces potent cytotoxicity in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells by inhibiting a PI-5 kinase for ROS generation.
    Lee et al.
    PLoS One., 2012;7:e45023
  4. Inhibition of lysine acetyltransferase KAT3B/p300 activity by a naturally occurring hydroxynaphthoquinone, plumbagin.
    Ravindra et al.
    J.Biol.Chem., 2009;284:24453
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