Anti-proliferative and apoptosis induction activity of green tea polyphenols on human promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells

Han Dong Hoon, Jin Hyun Jeong, Hee Jeong Kim

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Background: Anti-proliferation and apoptosis inducing effects of green tea polyphenols (GTPs) were studied against human promyeolcytic leukemia HL-60 cells. Materials and Methods: Anti-proliferation activity of GTPs against HL-60 cells and cytotoxicity against normal cells, V79-4 were measured with the MTT assay. Nuclear fragmentation of GTP - treated cells was observed with a fluorescence microscope and flow-cytometric analysis was performed to observe the appearance of apoptotic bodies. Changes in apoptosis-related protein levels were investigated by Western blot analysis. Results: GTPs significantly reduced the HL-60 proliferation, however, they did not show significant inhibition in proliferation of normal V79-4 cells. GTP treatment induced apoptosis in HL-60 cells, evidenced by nuclei fragmentation and apoptotic body appearance. The expression level of Bcl-2 was decreased and caspase-3 was activated by GTP treatment. Conclusion: GTPs revealed anti-proliferative and apoptosis-inducing activity against HL-60 cells through the down-regulation of Bcl-2 and activation of caspase-3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1417-1422
Number of pages6
JournalAnticancer research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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