The toxicity study of synthesized inverse carnosine peptide analogues on HepG2 and HT-29 cells

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran


Objective: Cancer has risen as the main cause of diseases with the highest rate of mortality in the world. Drugs used in cancer, usually demonstrate side effects on normal tissues. On the other hand, anticancer small peptides, effective on target tissues, should be safe on healthy organs, as being naturally originated compounds. In addition, they may have good pharmacokinetic properties. carnosine, a natural dipeptide, has shown many biological functions, including anti-oxidant, anti-senescence, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities. This study, with the aim of introducing new anticancer agents with better properties, is focused on the synthesis and cytotoxic evaluation of some peptide analogues of carnosine.
Materials and Methods: The cytotoxic activity of the synthesized peptides, prepared by the solid-phase peptide synthesis method, was evaluated against two cell lines of HepG2 and HT-29 using MTT assay, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay and flow­ cytometry analysis.
Results: Linear and cyclic analogues of carnosine peptide showed cytotoxicity, demonstrated by several experiments, against HepG2 and HT-29 cell lines with mean IC50 values ranging from 9.81 to 16.23 µg/ml. Among the peptides, compounds 1c, 3c and 6b (linear analogue of 3c) showed a considerable toxic activity on the cancerous cell lines.
Conclusion: The cyclic peptide analogues of carnosine withHis-β-Ala-­Pro-β-Ala-­His (1c) and β-Ala-­His- Pro­-­His-­β-Ala (3c) sequences showed cytotoxic activity on cancerous cells of HepG2 and HT-29, better than carnosine, and thus can be good candidates to develop new anticancer agents. The mechanism of cytotoxicity may be through cell apoptosis.


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