Inhibition of pancreatic cancer Panc1 cell migration by omeprazole is dependent on aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation of JNK. Academic Article uri icon


  • Several aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)-active pharmaceuticals were screened as inhibitors of pancreatic cancer cell invasion and identified two compounds, omeprazole, that inhibited invasion. Inhibition of highly invasive Panc1 cell invasion by omeprazole involves an AhR-dependent non-genomic pathway, and omeprazole-mediated inhibition of Panc1 cell invasion was dependent on Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) and mitogen-activated kinase kinase 7 (MKK7). The failure of omeprazole to induce nuclear translocation of the AhR was not due to overexpression of cytosolic AhR partner proteins Hsp90 or XAP2, and results of DNA sequencing show that the AhR expressed in Panc1 cells was not mutated. Results of RNAseq studies indicate that omeprazole induced an AhR-dependent downregulation of several pro-invasion factors including activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule (ALCAM), long chain fatty acid CoA-synthase (CSL4), stathmin 3 (STMN3) and neuropillin 2 (NRP2), and the specific functions of these genes are currently being investigated.

published proceedings

  • Biochem Biophys Res Commun

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Jin, U., Karki, K., Kim, S., & Safe, S.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Jin, Un-Ho||Karki, Keshav||Kim, Sang-Bae||Safe, Stephen

publication date

  • June 2018