The inhibition of the hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway has emerged as an attractive anti-cancer strategy. As part of our continuing search for natural inhibitors of the Hh/GLI1 signaling pathway, we isolated three alkaloids (1-3) from Crinum asiaticum. Compounds 1 and 3 showed potent Hh/GLI1-mediated transcriptional inhibitory activity and exhibited cytotoxicity against human pancreatic (PANC1) and prostate (DU145) cancer cells. Our data revealed that compounds 1 and 3 clearly inhibited the Hh signaling pathway by down-regulating the expression of GLI-related proteins (PTCH and BCL2) in DU145 cells.
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