Abstract Title:

Piceatannol enhances TRAIL-induced apoptosis in human leukemia THP-1 cells through Sp1- and ERK-dependent DR5 up-regulation.

Abstract Source:

Toxicol In Vitro. 2011 Apr ;25(3):605-12. Epub 2010 Dec 15. PMID: 21167276

Abstract Author(s):

Chang-Hee Kang, Dong-Oh Moon, Yung Hyun Choi, Il-Whan Choi, Sung-Kwon Moon, Wun-Jae Kim, Gi-Young Kim

Article Affiliation:

Chang-Hee Kang


Although piceatannol (PIC) is known to mediate anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant activities, little is known about the mechanism of PIC in terms of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-induced apoptosis. In this study, we examined whether combined treatment with PIC and TRAIL synergistically induces apoptosis in THP-1 leukemia cells. Results indicate that PIC substantially enhances TRAIL-induced cell death including DNA fragmentation and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage. Consistent with TRAIL-induced apoptosis, PIC significantly increased the mRNA and protein expression levels of DR5, a death receptor of TRAIL. Further, PIC enhanced DR5 promoter activity via Sp1 activation. Interestingly, the DR5 chimera antibodies significantly suppressed PIC and TRAIL-mediated apoptosis. The inhibitor of ERK also decreased PIC and TRAIL-induced apoptosis by blocking DR5 expression. In conclusion, our results suggest that PIC sensitizes TRAIL-induced-apoptosis via Sp1- and ERK-dependent DR5 up-regulation.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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