Cell invasion is an important process in cancer progression and recurrence. Invasion and implantation of cancer cells from their original place to other tissues, by disabling vital organs, challenges the treatment of cancer patients. Given the importance of the matter, many molecular treatments have been developed to inhibit cancer cell invasion. Because of their low production cost and ease of production, peptides are valuable therapeutic molecules for inhibiting cancer cell invasion. In recent years, advances in the field of computational biology have facilitated the design of anti-cancer peptides. In our investigation, using computational biology approaches such as evolutionary analysis, residue scanning, protein-peptide interaction analysis, molecular dynamics, and free energy analysis, our team designed a peptide library with about 100 000 candidates based on A6 (acetyl-KPSSPPEE-amino) sequence which is an anti-invasion peptide. During computational studies, two of the designed peptides that give the highest scores and showed the greatest sequence similarity to A6 were entered into the experimental analysis workflow for further analysis. In experimental analysis steps, the anti-metastatic potency and other therapeutic effects of designed peptides were evaluated using MTT assay, RT-qPCR, zymography analysis, and invasion assay. Our study disclosed that the IK1 (acetyl-RPSFPPEE-amino) peptide, like A6, has great potency to inhibit the invasion of cancer cells.

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