Over the recent few years rutin has gained wider attention in exhibiting inhibitory potential against several oncotargets for inducing apoptotic and antiproliferative activity in several human cancer cells. Several deregulated signaling pathways are implicated in cancer pathogenesis. Therefore we have inclined our research towards exploring the anticancerous efficacy of a very potent phytocompound for modulating the incontinent expression of these two crucial E6 and E7 oncogenes. Further, inhibitory efficacy of rutin against HPV-E6 AND E7 oncoproteins in cervical cancer has not been elucidated yet. This research addresses the growth inhibitory efficacy of rutin against E6 and E7 oncoprotein in HeLa cells, which is known to inactivate several tumor suppressor protein such as p53 and pRB. Rutin treatment exhibited reduced cell viability with increased cell accumulation in G0/G1 phase of cell cycle in Hela cell lines. Additionally rutin treatment has also led to downregulation of E6 and E7 expression associated with an increased expression of p53 and pRB levels. This has further resulted in enhanced Bax expression and decreased Bcl-2 expression releasing cytochrome c into cytosol followed by caspase cascade activation with cleavage of caspase-3 caspase-8 and caspase-9. Further, in silico studies have also supported our in vitro findings by exhibiting significant binding energy against selected target oncoproteins. Therefore, our research findings might recommend rutin as one of the potent drug candidate in cervical cancer management via targeting two crucial oncoproteins associated with viral progression.

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