Induction of cytochrome P450 1A1 expression by ginsenoside Rg1 and Rb1 in HepG2 cells.
ABSTRACT Transcriptional activation of the human CYP1A1 gene (coding for cytochrome P450 1A1) is mediated by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. In the present study we have examined interaction of the ginsenoside Rg1 and Rb1 with the carcinogen activation pathway mediated by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in HepG2 cells. RT-PCR was used to determine the CYP1A1 mRNA levels. The results showed that in HepG2 cells CYP1A1 mRNA expression was significantly increased in a concentration- and time- dependent manner by ginsenoside Rg1 and Rb1. Ginsenoside Rg1 and Rb1 activated the DNA-binding capacity of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor for the xenobiotic responsive element of CYP1A1 as measured by the electrophoretic-mobility shift assay (EMSA). Rg1 and Rb1 were able to activate the ability of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor to bind to an oligonucleotide containing the xenobiotic-responsive element (XRE) of the cyp1a1 promoter. These results indicate that Rg1 and Rb1's effects on CYP1A1 induction are mediated by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Since CYP1A1 and aryl hydrocarbon receptor play important roles in carcinogenesis, development, differentiation and many other essential physiological functions, these results suggest that the chemopreventive effect of Panax ginseng may be due, in part, to ginsenoside Rg1 and Rb1's ability to compete with aryl hydrocarbons for both the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and CYP1A1. Rg1 and Rb1 may thus be natural ligands and substrates of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor or have relationship with aryl hydrocarbon receptor pathway. These properties might be of help for future studies in P. ginseng and chemoprevention in chemical-induced cancer.
Article: Anti-cancer and potential chemopreventive actions of ginseng by activating Nrf2 (NFE2L2) anti-oxidative stress/anti-inflammatory pathways.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: This article reviews recent basic and clinical studies of ginseng, particularly the anti-cancer effects and the potential chemopreventive actions by activating the transcriptional factor, nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2 or NFE2L2)-mediated anti-oxidative stress or anti-inflammatory pathways. Nrf2 is a novel target for cancer prevention as it regulates the antioxidant responsive element (ARE), a critical regulatory element in the promoter region of genes encoding cellular phase II detoxifying and anti-oxidative stress enzymes. The studies on the chemopreventive effects of ginseng or its components/products showed that Nrf2 could also be a target for ginseng's actions. A number of papers also demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of ginseng. Targeting Nrf2 pathway is a novel approach to the investigation of ginseng's cancer chemopreventive actions, including some oxidative stress and inflammatory conditions responsible for the initiation, promotion and progression of carcinogenesis.Chinese Medicine 10/2010; 5:37. · 1.79 Impact Factor