Anticancer Effect of Medicinal Mushroom Extract on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Alternative Therapeutic Implication

Ashley Dixon, Jason Elyaguov, Muhammad Choudhury, Sensuke Konno


Background: To investigate if medicinal Poria mushroom extract (PE) would be a potential therapeutic agent against renal cell carcinoma (RCC) as it has been shown to have anticancer/antitumor activity with few side effects. We examined its anticancer effect on RCC as well as its potential anticancer mechanism in vitro.

Methods: Anticancer effect of PE was first assessed by the dose-dependent effects (0 - 200 g/mL) on human RCC, ACHN cells. Its anticancer mechanism was then explored focusing on specific biochemical and molecular parameters

Results: PE concentrations >= 100 g/mL led to 50-90% reduction in cell viability, accompanied by a significant decrease in hexokinase activity and cellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) level, implying the inhibition of glycolysis. The key metabolic regulators, adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protein kinase B (Akt), and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), were specifically modulated by PE. These results were indicative of subsequent growth cessation and cell death. Cell cycle analysis also revealed a G1 cell cycle arrest and the upregulation of activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4), C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP), and glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78), indicated induction of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Ultimately, such ER stress led to apoptosis, evidenced by proteolytic activation of caspase-3 (Csp-3) and poly-ADP ribose polymerase (PARP).

Conclusions: PE has anticancer effect on ACHN cells, resulting in the significant reduction in cell viability. Its anticancer mechanism appears to be linked to glycolysis inhibition, modulations of metabolic pathways, and ER stress-induced apoptosis.

World J Nephrol Urol. 2022;11(1):1-9


Renal cell carcinoma; ACHN cells; Medicinal mushroom; Anticancer; Apoptosis

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