Tumor Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 2517–2522 | Cite as

1-butyltryptophan inhibits cell proliferation, migration, and invasion through the Akt pathway in human gastric cancer cells

  • Ting Sun
  • Hua Tian
  • YangXun Xin
Research Article


We have previously demonstrated that novel 1-alkyl-tryptophan analogs 1-butyltryptophan (1-BT) can serve as a potential antitumor agent. However, the molecular mechanisms of 1-BT on cancer cells remain to be elucidated. The effect of 1-BT on cell proliferation was detected by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and clone formation assay in SGC7901 and AGS cells. Cell cycle was determined by flow cytometry. Cell migration and invasion was determined by wound healing assay and transwell assay. The expression of cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4), cyclin D1, p16, PCNA, phosphorylated Akt, total Akt, phosphorylated ERK1/2, and total ERK1/2 was examined using Western blotting. Our data demonstrated that 1-BT inhibited cell proliferation in a dose- and time-dependent manner by the downregulation of expression of cyclin D1 and CDK4 and by the upregulation of p16 expression. The inhibition of cell growth was also demonstrated by cell cycle arrest at the G1/S phase. Furthermore, 1-BT inhibited cell migration and invasion in SGC7901 cells. In addition, we found that phosphorylated Akt was suppressed in 1-BT treated SGC7901 cells. Overexpression of activated Akt reversed the effects of 1-BT on cell migration and invasion in SGC7901 cells. These results indicated that 1-BT inhibited gastric cancer cells proliferation and migration through the Akt pathway, which has the potential clinical significance in the prevention and treatment of gastric cancer.


1-butyltryptophan Gastric cancer Akt Migration Invasion 



This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81201116).

Conflicts of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Shanghai Ninth People’s HospitalShanghai JiaoTong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Oncogenes and Related GenesShanghai Cancer Institute and Cancer Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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