Mifepristone (RU486), a synthetic steroid compound used as an abortifacient drug, has received considerable attention to its anticancer activity recently. To explore the possibility of using mifepristone as a cancer metastasis chemopreventive, we performed a systems pharmacology analysis of mifepristone-related molecules in the present study. Data were collected by using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and 513 mifepristone-related genes were dug out and classified functionally using a gene ontology (GO) hierarchy, followed by KEGG pathway enrichment analysis. Potential signal pathways and targets involved in cancer were obtained by integrative network analysis. Total thirty-three proteins were involved in focal adhesion-the key signaling pathway associated with cancer metastasis. Molecular and cellular assays further demonstrated that mifepristone had the ability to prevent breast cancer cells from migration and interfere with their adhesion to endothelial cells. Moreover, mifepristone inhibited the expression of focal adhesion kinase (FAK), paxillin, and the formation of FAK/Src/Paxillin complex, which are correlated with cell adhesion and migration. This study set a good example to identify chemotherapeutic potential seamlessly from systems pharmacology to cellular pharmacology, and the revealed hub genes may be the promising targets for cancer metastasis chemoprevention.
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