Quercetin enhances apoptotic effect of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) in ovarian cancer cells through reactive oxygen species (ROS) mediated CCAAT enhancer-binding protein homologous protein (CHOP)-death receptor 5 pathway.
Bottom Line: The quercetin induced expression of death receptor DR5 but did not affect expression of DR4 in cancer cells.Upregulation of DR5 was mediated through the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), as ROS scavengers reduced the effect of quercetin on JNK activation, CHOP upregulation, DR induction, TRAIL sensitization, downregulated the expression of cell survival proteins and upregulated the proapoptotic proteins.Overall, our data suggest that quercetin enhances apoptotic death of ovarian cancer cells to TRAIL through upregulation of CHOP-induced DR5 expression following ROS mediated endoplasmic reticulum-stress.
Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.Show MeSH
Related in: MedlinePlus
Mentions: Numerous signaling molecules are known to trigger DR5 induction, including activation of inositol-requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1), PKR-like ER kinase (PERK), and activating transcription factor (ATF6),8,9 and the binding of CCAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBP) homologous protein (CHOP) transcription factor to DR5 promoter.10 Reactive oxygen species (ROS), a byproduct of normal metabolic processes and generated by exogenous sources, are integral components of cell signaling pathways.11 Important downstream mediators of ROS-induced signaling are the IRE1,12 such as JNK. ROS have also been shown to induce CHOP expression.13 Thus the agents that can modulate the expression of these signaling molecules can induce DR5 expression and might offer potential as anticancer agents. One of the potential sources of such agents includes natural products derived from “Mother Nature.” Natural products have played a significant role over the years in the discovery of cancer drugs: more than 70% of drugs are of natural origin.14 Quercetin (Fig.1a) are polyphenol chemicals found naturally in fruits, vegetables, tea and other plant-derived foods and beverages. Experimental evidence suggests that quercetin have several potential anticarcinogenic characteristics, including antioxidant, antiestrogenic, antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory properties.15
Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.