The cell competition-based high-throughput screening identifies small compounds that promote the elimination of RasV12-transformed cells from epithelia

Hajime Yamauchi, Takanori Matsumaru, Tomoko Morita, Susumu Ishikawa, Katsumi Maenaka, Ichigaku Takigawa, Kentaro Senba, Shunsuke Kon, Yasuyuki Fujita

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    Recent studies have revealed that cell competition can occur between normal and transformed epithelial cells; normal epithelial cells recognize the presence of the neighboring transformed cells and actively eliminate them from epithelial tissues. Here, we have established a brand-new high-throughput screening platform that targets cell competition. By using this platform, we have identified Rebeccamycin as a hit compound that specifically promotes elimination of RasV12-transformed cells from the epithelium, though after longer treatment it shows substantial cytotoxic effect against normal epithelial cells. Among several Rebeccamycin-derivative compounds, we have found that VC1-8 has least cytotoxicity against normal cells but shows the comparable effect on the elimination of transformed cells. This cell competition-promoting activity of VC1-8 is observed both in vitro and ex vivo. These data demonstrate that the cell competition-based screening is a promising tool for the establishment of a novel type of cancer preventive medicine.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number15336
    JournalScientific Reports
    Volume5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 20

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