Abstract Title:

Vitamin E and rutin synergistically inhibit expression of vascular endothelial growth factor through down-regulation of binding activity of activator protein-1 in human promyelocytic leukemia (HL-60) cells.

Abstract Source:

Chem Biol Interact. 2010 Feb 12;183(3):434-41. Epub 2009 Dec 16. PMID: 20015448

Abstract Author(s):

Cheng-Hung Chuang, Chin-Shiu Huang, Miao-Lin Hu

Article Affiliation:

Department of Food Science and Applied Biotechnology, Hungkuang University, 34 Chung Chie Road, Shalu, Taichung County, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are strong inducers of the angiogenic hormone vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Although, rutin (R) in combination with vitamin E (VE) has been shown to synergistically inhibit oxidative damage, it is unclear whether the combination of R and VE (R+VE) inhibits VEGF secretion in tumor cells. Using a human promyelocytic leukemia (HL-60) cell line, we showed that R in combination with VE synergistically decreased the expressions of VEGF protein and mRNA. We also demonstrated that R+VE significantly decreased the binding capacity of nuclear factor-activator protein-1 (AP-1) to the VEGF gene promoter and decreased the expression of c-Jun protein. Furthermore, we demonstrated that R+VE synergistically reduced insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) protein expression in HL-60 cells. The decrease of ROS was only partially associated with the decrease of VEGF secreted (r(2)=0.12, P=0.083). Thus, the present results indicate that R in combination with VE attenuates VEGF expression in HL-60 cells and that this effect is mediated by a decreased binding activity of AP-1 through down-regulation of protein expression of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1-R)/IRS-1, while the antioxidant activity of R+VE appears to play a minor role.

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