Abstract Title:

Moringa Oleifera Gold Nanoparticles Modulate Oncogenes, Tumor Suppressor Genes and Caspase-9 Splice Variants in A549 Cells.

Abstract Source:

J Cell Biochem. 2016 Feb 29. Epub 2016 Feb 29. PMID: 26923760

Abstract Author(s):

Charlette Tiloke, Alisa Phulukdaree, Krishnan Anand, Robert M Gengan, Anil A Chuturgoon

Article Affiliation:

Charlette Tiloke


: Gold nanoparticles (AuNP's) facilitate cancer cell recognition and can be manufactured by green synthesis using nutrient rich medicinal plants such as Moringa oleifera (MO). Targeting dysregulated oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes is crucial for cancer therapeutics.

AIM: We investigated the antiproliferative effects of AuNP synthesised from MO aqueous leaf extracts (MLAuNP ) in A549 lung and SNO oesophageal cancer cells.

METHODS: A one-pot green synthesis technique was used to synthesise MLAuNP . A549, SNO cancer cells and normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were exposed to MLAuNP and CAuNP to evaluate cytotoxicity (MTT assay); apoptosis was measured by phosphatidylserine (PS) externalisation, mitochondrial depolarisation (ΔΨm) (flow cytometry), caspase-3/7, -9 activity and ATP levels (luminometry). The mRNA expression of c-myc, p53, Skp2, Fbw7α and caspase-9 splice variants was determined using qPCR, whilst relative protein expression of c-myc, p53, SRp30a, Bax, Bcl-2, Smac/DIABLO, Hsp70 and PARP-1 were determinedby western blotting.

RESULTS: MLAuNP and CAuNP were not cytotoxic to PBMCs, whilst its pro-apoptotic properties were confirmed in A549 and SNO cells. MLAuNP significantly increased caspase activity in SNO cells while MLAuNP significantly increased PS externalisation,ΔΨm, caspase-9, caspase-3/7 activities and decreased ATP levels in A549 cells. Also, p53 mRNA and protein levels, SRp30a (p = 0.428), Bax, Smac/DIABLO and PARP-1 24kDa fragment levels were significantly increased. Conversely, MLAuNP significantly decreased Bcl-2, Hsp70, Skp2, Fbw7α, c-myc mRNA and protein levels and activated alternate splicing with caspase-9a splice variant being significantly increased.

CONCLUSION: MLAuNP possesses antiproliferative properties and induced apoptosis in A549 cells by activating alternate splicing of caspase-9. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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