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Luteoloside inhibiting the prostate cancer cells growth and promoting the tumor cells autophagy through AKT/mTOR pathway

  • Haoyue Li1
  • Xi Wang1
  • Aiyangzi Lu1
  • Yongmei Pan2
  • Wei Zhang3
  • Lei Hao1,*,

1Department of Clinical Chinese Medicine, Hebei University of Chinese Medicine, 050200 Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

2Huang Di Neijing Teaching and Research Office, Hebei University of Chinese Medicine, 050200 Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

3Department of Pharmacy, Hebei Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 050000 Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

DOI: 10.22514/jomh.2023.047 Vol.19,Issue 6,June 2023 pp.49-55

Submitted: 06 April 2023 Accepted: 08 June 2023

Published: 30 June 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): Lei Hao E-mail:


Prostate cancer (PC) is one of the prevalent tumors in men causing higher mortality. Luteoloside has been discovered for suppressive role into the progression of some cancers. However, the Luteoloside’s regulatory functions regarding PC progression are not well understood. This study is thus designed to investigate the Luteoloside impact on PC progression. In this work, it was demonstrated that the PC cell proliferation was gradually inhibited with the increasing Luteoloside dose (0, 20, 40, 80 µM). Luteoloside also enhanced the PC cell apoptosis. It promoted the autophagy in PC through increasing microtubule-associated protein light chain (LC) 3II/LC3I levels and decreasing p62 levels. Moreover, the Luteoloside reduced phosphorylated-protein kinase B (p-AKT)/AKT and phosphorylated-mechanistic target of rapamycin (p-mTOR)/mTOR levels, indicating that it retarded the AKT/mTOR pathway. In conclusion, the Luteoloside inhibited PC cells growth and promoted tumor cells autophagy through AKT/mTOR pathway. This discovery suggested the Luteoloside as a potential drug in treating PC.


Luteoloside; Autophagy; Prostate cancer; AKT/mTOR pathway

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Haoyue Li,Xi Wang,Aiyangzi Lu,Yongmei Pan,Wei Zhang,Lei Hao. Luteoloside inhibiting the prostate cancer cells growth and promoting the tumor cells autophagy through AKT/mTOR pathway. Journal of Men's Health. 2023. 19(6);49-55.


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