Abstract Title:

Resveratrol induces apoptosis of human malignant B cells by activation of caspase-3 and p38 MAP kinase pathways.

Abstract Source:

Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2008 Nov;20(11):1204-11. Epub 2008 Aug 6. PMID: 16427027

Abstract Author(s):

Takayuki Shimizu, Tomonori Nakazato, Ming Ji Xian, Morihiko Sagawa, Yasuo Ikeda, Masahiro Kizaki


Red wine polyphenol, trans-resveratrol (trans-3,4',5-trihydroxy stilbene), has potent chemopreventive effects against various tumors. In this study, we found for the first time that resveratrol rapidly induces S phase cell cycle arrest of human malignant B cells including myeloma cells in dose- and time-dependent manners, followed by S phase cell cycle arrest through ATM/Chk pathway. Resveratrol-induced apoptosis occurs in association with the activation of caspase-3 and the loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potentials. In addition, resveratrol induces the phosphorylation of p38 MAP kinase, and specific inhibition of p38 MAP kinase abolishes the resveratrol-induced apoptosis, indicating that activation of the p38 MAP kinase pathway is required for inducing apoptosis in malignant B cells. These results suggest that resveratrol may have potential as a novel therapeutic agent for the patients with B cell malignancies including multiple myeloma.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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