Volume 16, Issue 4 (10-2012)                   ibj 2012, 16(4): 226-226 | Back to browse issues page

PMID: 23183623
PMCID: PMC3600963

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Zerumbone is a cytotoxic compound isolated from the herbal plant, Zingiber zerumbet Smith, which exhibits antitumor activity [1-2], anti-inflammatory effects and possesses anti-proliferative potentials in a variety of cell lines [3-4]. DNA fragmentation indicates an early event of apoptosis leading to cell death due to the absence of new cellular proteins synthesizing for cell survival. Previous studies indicated that the cleavage of double-stranded DNA in apoptotic DNA degradation occurs via the activation of endogenous Ca2+/Mg2+-dependent endonuclease that specifically cleaves between nucleosomes to produce DNA fragments that are multiples of ~180 base pairs [5].In order to investigate DNA fragmentation, we treated HepG2 cells with zerumbone (IC50: 3.45 ± 0.026 µg/mL) in both dose-dependent (2, 4, 6 and 8 µg/mL) and time-dependent manner (4, 8, 12, 16, 24, 48 and 72 h). The assay was performed using the Suicide Track™ DNA Ladder Isolation Kit (Calbiochem, CA, USA), according to the manufacturerchr('39')s instructions. DNA was analyzed using 1.5% agarose gel electrophoresis, observed under UV illumination and visualized using a gel documentation system (UVP Biospectrum HR410, USA). To furthur confirm the induction of apoptosis, the protein of zerumbone-induced HepG2 cells using Western-blotting indicated a low and high expression of Bcl2 and Bax proteins, respectively.In conclusion, these results indicate that no DNA fragmentation in the human hepatocellular liver carcinoma (HepG2) cells was observed even in the presence of caspase-3 during apoptosis. Therefore, we hypothesize that not all compounds necessairly indicate fragmentation of condensed chromatin into several discrete mass in cell lines as in vitro condition.

Type of Study: Letter to the Editor | Subject: Related Fields