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      Traditional Chinese medicine as a cancer treatment: Modern perspectives of ancient but advanced science


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          Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced for thousands of years and at the present time is widely accepted as an alternative treatment for cancer. In this review, we sought to summarize the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the chemopreventive and therapeutic activity of TCM, especially that of the Chinese herbal medicine‐derived phytochemicals curcumin, resveratrol, and berberine. Numerous genes have been reported to be involved when using TCM treatments and so we have selectively highlighted the role of a number of oncogene and tumor suppressor genes in TCM therapy. In addition, the impact of TCM treatment on DNA methylation, histone modification, and the regulation of noncoding RNAs is discussed. Furthermore, we have highlighted studies of TCM therapy that modulate the tumor microenvironment and eliminate cancer stem cells. The information compiled in this review will serve as a solid foundation to formulate hypotheses for future studies on TCM‐based cancer therapy.

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              Resveratrol Inhibits Invasion and Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer Cells via MALAT1 Mediated Wnt/β-Catenin Signal Pathway

              Resveratrol, extracted from Chinese herbal medicine Polygonum cuspidatum, is known to inhibit invasion and metastasis of human colorectal cancer (CRC), in which long non-coding Metastasis Associated Lung Adenocarcinoma Transcript 1 (RNA-MALAT1) also plays an important role. Using MALAT1 lentiviral shRNA and over-expression constructs in CRC derived cell lines, LoVo and HCT116, we demonstrated that the anti-tumor effects of resveratrol on CRC are through inhibiting Wnt/β-catenin signaling, thus the expression of its target genes such as c-Myc, MMP-7, as well as the expression of MALAT1. In detail, resveratrol down-regulates MALAT1, resulting in decreased nuclear localization of β-catenin thus attenuated Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which leads to the inhibition of CRC invasion and metastasis. This finding of ours surely provides important pre-clinical evidence supporting future use of resveratrol in prevention and treatment of CRC.

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                Cancer Med
                Cancer Med
                Cancer Medicine
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                03 April 2019
                May 2019
                : 8
                : 5 ( doiID: 10.1002/cam4.2019.8.issue-5 )
                : 1958-1975
                [ 1 ] College of Life and Health Sciences Northeastern University Shenyang China
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                [*] [* ] Correspondence

                Yongye Huang, College of Life and Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

                Email: huangyongye88@ 123456163.com

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                © 2019 The Authors. Cancer Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                : 02 December 2018
                : 26 February 2019
                : 07 March 2019
                Page count
                Figures: 1, Tables: 2, Pages: 18, Words: 13756
                Funded by: National Training Program of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Undergraduates
                Award ID: 201810145207
                Funded by: National Natural Science Foundation of China
                Award ID: 81502582
                Award ID: U1603125
                Funded by: Program for JLU Science and Technology Innovative Research Team
                Award ID: 2017TD-28
                Clinical Cancer Research
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                May 2019
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                Oncology & Radiotherapy
                cancer stem cells,epigenetics,microenvironment,oncogene,traditional chinese medicine


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