BCL-2 protein family. Essential regulators of cell death. Preface.

Institute of Biomedical Sciences, FONDAP Center for Molecular Studies of the Cell, University of Chile, Santiago.
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Impact Factor: 2.01). 01/2010; 687:vii-viii.
Source: PubMed
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: HQS-3 is a newly baicalein derivative with a benzene substitution. We investigated the anticancer effect of HQS-3 in vivo and in vitro. HQS-3 significantly decreased tumor growth in mice inoculated with Heps and HepG2 cells; and had little influence on the state and weight of animals. After treatment with 20 mg/kg HQS-3, the inhibitory rate of tumor weight in mice inoculated with Heps and HepG2 cells were 63.62% and 68.03%, respectively. Meanwhile, HQS-3 inhibited the viability of various kinds of tumor cells with IC50 values in the range of 22.98 to 54.32 μM after 48 h treatment measured by MTT-assay. HQS-3 remarkably inhibited viability of hepatoma cells in a concentration- and time-dependent manner and induced apoptosis in HepG2 cells by DAPI staining and Annexin V/PI double staining. The apoptosis-induction effect of HQS-3 was attributed to its ability to modulate the actvity of caspase-9, caspase-3 and PARP. Moreover, the expression of bax protein was increased while the bcl-2 protein was decreased, leading to an increase in Bax/Bcl-2 ratio. The accumulation of ROS induced by HQS-3 in HepG2 cells was also observed. The further results suggested that HQS-3 induced mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis by increasing ROS level and inhibiting the expression of anti-oxidative protein SOD2. HQS-3 exerted anti-tumor activity both in vitro and in vivo via inducing tumor cells apoptosis, and these results suggested that it deserves further investigation as a novel chemotherapy for human tumors.
    European journal of pharmaceutical sciences: official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences 04/2013; 49(4). DOI:10.1016/j.ejps.2013.04.016 · 3.01 Impact Factor
  • Source
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The small heterodimer partner (SHP; NR0B2) regulates the transcription of a variety of target genes and controls a variety of physiological functions in various tissues. However, the role of SHP in beta cell has not been fully determined yet. We used SHP knockout (SHP KO) mice to investigate the role of SHP in multiple low-dose streptozotocin (MLDS)-induced diabetes. Blood glucose and insulin levels were measured until 20 days, and intraperitoneal glucose tolerance and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion tests were performed. The expression of apoptotic genes and beta cell markers were detected by quantitative realtime-polymerase chain reaction, immunostaining and western blot analysis. SHP KO mice showed significantly lower blood glucose, higher insulin levels, and enhanced glucose tolerance compared with wild type (WT) mice after MLDS treatment. Moreover, beta cell mass and pancreatic insulin content were remarkably increased in SHP KO mice. In the response to glucose stimulation, islets of SHP KO showed increased insulin secretion via up-regulation of beta cell enriched transcription factors compared to WT mice after streptozotocin (STZ) treatment. In quantification for beta cell apoptosis at day 1 post STZ treatment, the SHP KO mice showed significantly increased anti-apoptotic gene expression and decreased release of apoptotic markers cytochrome c, smac/diablo, and only a few apoptotic beta cells were found in SHP KO pancreas through inactivation of caspase-3, compared to those of WT. These data demonstrate that SHP deficiency ameliorates hyperglycemia and preserves islet function by inhibiting apoptosis of pancreatic beta cells and up-regulating of their enriched transcriptional factors.
    The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology 05/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2013.05.004 · 4.24 Impact Factor