Ginsenoside Rh-2 induces apoptotic cell death in rat C6 glioma via a reactive oxygen- and caspase-dependent but Bcl-X(L)-independent pathway

Hyun Eui Kim, Jae H. Oh, Seung Ki Lee, Young J. Oh

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We used the rat C6 gliomal cell line to investigate the potential role of ginsenoside Rh2 (G-Rh2) in brain tumor. G-Rh2 induced many apoptotic manifestations in C6 gliomal cells as evidenced by changes in cell morphology, generation of DNA fragmentation, activation of caspase and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). As a result, cotreatment with antioxidants or a broad-spectrum caspase inhibitor, N-benzyloxycarbonyl-Val- Ala-Asp-fluoromethylketone effectively attenuated G-Rh2-induced cell death. However, specific cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase into 85 kDa protein was not detected as demonstrated in many other apoptotic paradigms. Expression levels of Bcl-2 and Bax remained unchanged following G-Rh2 treatment. Furthermore, G-Rh2-induced cell death in C6 gliomal cells overexpressing antiapoptotic protein, Bcl-X(L), was comparable to that in parental cells. Taken together, our data indicate that G-Rh2-induced cell death is mediated by the generated ROS and the activation of caspase pathway in a Bcl-X(L)-independent manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)PL33-PL40
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jun 11


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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