Matrine Induces Apoptosis in Gastric Carcinoma Cells via Alteration of Fas/FasL and Activation of Caspase-3

Department of Oncology, Second Affiliated Hospital, Medical School of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xiwu Road 157#, Xi'an 710004, Shaanxi province, PR China.
Journal of ethnopharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.94). 06/2009; 123(1):91-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.02.022
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Matrine, an alkaloid purified from the chinese herb Sophora flavescens Ait, is well known to possess activities including anti-inflammation, anti-fibrotic and anticancer. In this study, the mechanism of matrine inducing the apoptosis of gastric carcinoma cells was investigated.
Proliferation of SGC-7901 cells was examined by MTT assay. Cellular morphology was observed under transmission electron microscope. Flow cytometry (FCM) was used to observe the apoptosis of SGC-7901 cells by staining with annexinV-FITC/PI. The expression levels of Fas/FasL in SGC-7901 cells were monitored by FCM analysis using an indirect immunofluorescence method. Activity of caspase-3 enzyme was measured by spectrofluorometry.
MTT assay showed that matrine inhibited SGC-7901 cells proliferation in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner. Apoptosis induction was demonstrated by morphological changes under electron microscope and FCM analysis. Fluorescence intensity levels of Fas and FasL were found to be equally up-regulated after matrine treatment, which were both correlated with apoptosis rate. The activity of caspase-3 enzyme increased in matrine groups, positively correlated with apoptosis rate.
Matrine could inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis of SGC-7901 cells in vitro. The apoptosis induction appears to proceed by up-regulating Fas/FasL expression and activating caspase-3 enzyme.

  • Source
    • "The quantitative analysis of apoptosis mainly relies on flow cytometry with fluorescent markers. DAPI staining, which can detect cell apoptosis, is one of the most sensitive and ideal indicators (Dai et al., 2009). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Mechanisms of apoptosis in tumor cells is an important field of tumor therapy and cancer molecular biology. Loss of cell cycle control, leading to uncontrolled proliferation, is common in cancer. Therefore, the identification of potent and selective cyclin dependent kinase inhibitors is a priority for anti-cancer drug discovery. There are at least two major apoptotic pathways, initiated by caspase-8 and caspase-9, respectively, which can activate caspase cascades. Apoptosis triggered by activation of the mitochondrial-dependent caspase pathway represents the main programmed cell death mechanism. This is activated by various intracellular stresses that induce permeabilization of the mitochondrial membrane. Anti-tumor effects of celery seed extract (CSE) and related mechanisms regarding apoptosis were here investigated in human gastric cancer BGC-823 cells. CSE was produced by supercritical fluid extraction. Cell viability was analyzed by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)- 2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and apoptosis by flow cytometry using Annexin/PI staining and DAPI staining and a laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM). Cell cycling was evaluated using PI staining with flow cytometry and expression of cell cycle and apoptosis-related proteins cyclin A, CDK2, bcl-2 and bax was assessed by immunohistochemical staining. CSE had an anti-proliferation effect on human gastric cancer BGC-823 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. After treatment, the apoptotic rate significantly increased, with morphological changes typical of apoptosis observed with LSCM by DAPI staining. Cell cycle and apoptosis related proteins, such as cyclin A, CDK2 and bcl-2 were all down-regulated, whereas bax was up-regulated. The molecular determinants of inhibition of cell proliferation as well as apoptosis of CSE may be associated with cycle arrest in the S phase.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 01/2011; 12(10):2601-6. · 2.51 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the LSLink (or Life Science Link) method- ology that provides users with a set of tools to explore the rich Web of interconnected and annotated objects in multiple repositories, and to identify meaningful associations. Consider a physical link between ob- jects in two repositories, where each of the objects is annotated with controlled vocabulary (CV) terms from two ontologies. Using a set of LSLink instances generated from a background dataset of knowledge we identify associations between pairs of CV terms that are potentially sig- nificant and may lead to new knowledge. We develop an approach based on the logarithm of the odds (LOD) to determine a confidence and sup- port in the associations between pairs of CV terms. Using a case study of Entrez Gene objects annotated with GO terms linked to PubMed objects annotated with MeSH terms, we describe a user validation and analysis task to explore potentially significant associations.
    Data Integration in the Life Sciences, 4th International Workshop, DILS 2007, Philadelphia, PA, USA, June 27-29, 2007, Proceedings; 01/2007
Show more