Centella asiatica Fraction-3 Suppresses the Nuclear Factor Erythroid 2-Related Factor 2 Anti-Oxidant Pathway and Enhances Reactive Oxygen Species-Mediated Cell Death in Cancerous Lung A549 Cells.
J Med Food. 2017 Oct ;20(10):959-968. PMID: 29040016
Dhaneshree Bestinee Naidoo
Centella asiatica is a tropical medicinal plant that is commonly used in traditional medicine. Medicinal properties of C. asiatica include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activity. We investigated the anti-oxidant and anti-proliferative/cytotoxic effects of a semi-purified fraction of C. asiatica ethanolic leaf extract (C3) in cancerous lung A549 cells. C3 was obtained by silica column fractionation and identified by using thin-layer chromatography and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Cytotoxicity of C3 in A549 cells was evaluated (cell viability assay-WST-1; 24 h; [0.2-3 mg/mL]) to determine an inhibitory concentration (IC50). Intracellular reactive oxygen species (IROS), mitochondrial membrane potential (flow cytometry), malondialdehyde (MDA), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (spectrophotometry), glutathione (GSH), oxidised glutathione (GSSG), adenosine triphosphate levels, caspase activity (luminometry), and DNA damage (comet assay) were evaluated. Protein expression (Nrf-2, p53, Bax, Bcl-2, and HSP-70) and gene expression (Nrf-2, GPx, SOD, CAT, c-myc, and OGG-1) were quantified by western blotting and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR),respectively. C3 dose dependently decreased A549 cell viability. The IC50 of C3 increased MDA, IROS, mitochondrial depolarization, LDH, caspase (-8, -9, -3/7) activity, DNA damage, GSH levels, Nrf-2 protein expression, HSP-70 protein expression, and OGG-1 gene expression (P < .05). GSSG levels, anti-oxidant (Nrf-2, GPx, SOD) gene expression, p53, Bax, and Bcl-2 protein expression were decreased by C3 (P < .02). C3 diminished the anti-oxidant gene expression and induced anti-proliferative/cytotoxic effects in A549 cells.