Abstract Title:

Intrinsic apoptosis and NF-κB signaling are potential molecular targets for chemoprevention by black tea polyphenols in HepG2 cells in vitro and in a rat hepatocarcinogenesis model in vivo.

Abstract Source:

Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Nov ;48(11):3281-7. Epub 2010 Sep 7. PMID: 20828598

Abstract Author(s):

R Senthil Murugan, R Vidya Priyadarsini, K Ramalingam, Y Hara, D Karunagaran, S Nagini

Article Affiliation:

Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu, India.


Antiproliferative and apoptosis inducing effects of black tea polyphenols (Polyphenon-B) on HepG2 cells in vitro and in a rat hepatocarcinogenesis model in vivo were investigated. Viability of HepG2 cells was evaluated by the MTT assay, and apoptosis by AO-EB and DAPI staining, cell cycle analysis, and annexin V-PI assay. For the in vivo study, male Sprague-Dawley rats treated with dimethylaminoazobenzene (DAB) (0.06%) were used. The expression of Bcl-2 and NF-κB family members were analyzed by immunoblotting. Administration of Polyphenon-B induced dose-dependent inhibition of growth of HepG2 cells and reduced tumor incidence in DAB administered animals. HepG2 cells also exhibited morphological features characteristic of apoptotic cell death. In addition, administration of Polyphenon-B increased the expression of Bax, tBid, Smac/Diablo, cytochrome C, Apaf-1, caspases, and IκB with PARP cleavage, and decreased the expression of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, pBad, NF-κB, p-IκB-α, IKKβ and Ub in both HepG2 cells and in DAB-treated animals. These results provide evidence that Polyphenon-B effectively inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis both in vitro and in vivo by inhibiting NF-κB, and inducing intrinsic apoptosis by modulating the expression of a network of interrelated molecules eventually culminating in caspase-mediated cell death.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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