Green tea polyphenol targets the mitochondria in tumor cells inducing caspase 3-dependent apoptosis

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Induction of apoptosis by green tea polyphenols has been observed in various tumor cell systems, but whether green tea polyphenol-induced apoptosis requires caspase 3 for execution has not been confirmed. We previously reported that green tea polyphenol-induced apoptosis involved Apaf-1 accumulation and caspase 3 activation in the cytosol. In the current study, tumor cells either with deleted caspase 3 gene or expressing wild-type caspase 3 were treated with increasing concentrations of green tea polyphenol(s), followed by morphological analysis and caspase 3 activity assay. The caspase 3 null parental cell line was further examined in comparison with a well-characterized, caspase 3 wild type oral carcinoma cell line by MTT assay and BrdU incorporation assay. The results demonstrated that, while the mitochondrial function gradually declined to insignificant levels, caspase 3 null cells did not undergo apoptosis, which suggested that green tea polyphenol-induced apoptosis is a mitochondria-targeted, caspase 3-executed mechanism.
  • Author List

  • Hsu S; Lewis J; Singh B; Schoenlein P; Osaki T; Athar M; Porter AG; Schuster G
  • Start Page

  • 1533
  • End Page

  • 1539
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 2 B