Abstract Title:

Ganoderma lucidum induced apoptosis in NB4 human leukemia cells: involvement of Akt and Erk.

Abstract Source:

J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Dec 29. Epub 2009 Dec 29. PMID: 20036724

Abstract Author(s):

Eva Calviño, José Luis Manjón, Pilar Sancho, M Cristina Tejedor, Angel Herráez, José C Diez


AIM OF THE STUDY: The final goal of this work was to study the toxic and apoptosis effects induced by fractions from Ganoderma lucidum [Ganoderma lucidum (Curtis) P. Karst.; Ganodermataceae Donk] on NB4 human leukemia cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two aqueous extracts and a methanol-extracted column-chromatography semipurified fraction were obtained from Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body. Flow cytometry analyses were used to measure cell viability, cell cycle and DNA fragmentation and to quantify apoptosis. Western-blot analyses were used to quantify changes in apoptosis proteins and intracellular kinases. RESULTS: Aqueous extracts slightly reduce cell viability and induce DNA fragmentation in NB4 cells. Methanol-extracted semipurified fraction at dilutions down to 15% or 40% of the initial fraction concentration reduced significantly the viability of these leukemia cells (treated for 19h) with induction of DNA fragmentation and induction of apoptosis. Overmore, the dilution down to 15% of the initial E3 concentration induced a reduction of p53 levels, of the Bcl2/Bax relationship as well as reduced levels of both unphosphorylated and phosphorylated Akt (Protein kinase Akt, protein kinase B) and Erk (Erk1 and 2). CONCLUSIONS: Induction of apoptosis and alterations in signal transduction kinases (Akt and Erk) are produced by active fractions from Ganoderma lucidum on human leukemia cells. These data could be of important relevance from the viewpoint of antitumor actions of compounds from Ganoderma lucidum. Eventual therapy applications in leukemia cells might be developed.

Study Type : In Vitro Study
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Pharmacological Actions : Apoptotic : CK(9052) : AC(7103)

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