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
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Mentions: Reactive oxygen species has been implicated in the induction of DR5 and plays an important role in sensitizing cancer cells to apoptosis induced by TRAIL and chemotherapeutic agents.7,8,11 First, we investigated whether quercetin induced upregulation of death receptors requires ROS. As expected, induced DR5 expression was observed by the quercetin treatment in ovarian cancer cells (Fig.3a). Moreover, quercetin induced DR5 expression and the level of ROS was suppressed by N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), a ROS scavenger (Fig.3b,c). Next, we examined the role of ROS in potentiation of TRAIL-induced apoptosis by quercetin. SKOV-3 cells were treated with NAC before quercetin and TRAIL treatment, as shown in Figure3(d), the number of apoptotic cells induced by quercetin plus TRAIL was reduced from 39.5 ± 3.87% to 17.3% ± 2.01% when cells were pretreated with NAC. Overall, these results suggest that ROS play a critical role in potentiation of TRAIL-induced apoptosis by quercetin.
Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.