Abstract Title:

Silibinin induced apoptosis of human epidermal cancer A431 cells by promoting mitochondrial NOS.

Abstract Source:

Free Radic Res. 2019 Jul ;53(7):714-726. Epub 2019 Jul 3. PMID: 30947567

Abstract Author(s):

Yang Yu, Lan-Fang Li, Jing Tao, Xiao-Mian Zhou, Cheng Xu

Article Affiliation:

Yang Yu


The antitumor effects of silibinin are of increasing interest, though its mechanism is not yet clear. The goal of this study was to clarify the mechanism of silibinin-induced cell death in the A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cell line. We used a cell viability assay, flow cytometry, nitric oxide (NO) assay, and western blotting to examine relationships between silibinin, NO generation and apoptosis in A431 cells. Silibinin inhibited A431 cell growth in a dose-dependent manner, inducing mitochondrial damage, and apoptosis at a high dose. At the same time, high dose silibinin increased NO levels in A431 cells and the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methylester (L-NAME) attenuated silibinin-induced cell growth inhibition. By western blotting, silibinin caused increased eNOS phosphorylation in the mitochondria. The AMP-activated protein kinase inhibitor compound C significantly decreased p-eNOS expression, while blocking eNOS did not affect p-AMPK levels, suggested that AMPK acted upstream of eNOS. This study showed that silibinin increased NO levels in A431 cells by activating the AMPK-eNOS pathway, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis. In this mechanism of action, mitochondrial eNOS played an important role. The results provided new understanding of the functions of intracellular NO.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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