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Molecules 2010, 15(8), 5336-5353; doi:10.3390/molecules15085336

Chalcones and Dihydrochalcones Augment TRAIL-Mediated Apoptosis in Prostate Cancer Cells

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Jordana 19, 41 808 Zabrze, Poland
Department of Urology, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, 3-go Maja 13, 41 800 Zabrze, Poland
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Received: 19 May 2010 / Revised: 26 July 2010 / Accepted: 2 August 2010 / Published: 4 August 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phenolics and Polyphenolics)
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Chalcones and dihydrochalcones exhibit chemopreventive and antitumor activity. TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) is a natural endogenous anticancer agent. We examined the cytotoxic and apoptotic effect of chalcones and dihydrochalcones on TRAIL-mediated apoptosis in LNCaP prostate cancer cells. The cytotoxicity was evaluated by the MTT and LDH assays. The apoptosis was detected using annexin V-FITC by flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy. The ΔΨm was evaluated using DePsipher staining by fluorescence microscopy. Our study showed that two tested chalcones (chalcone and 2’,6’dihydroxy-4’-methoxychalcone) and three dihydrochalcones (2’,6’-dihydroxy-4’4-dimethoxydihydrochalcone, 2’,6’-dihydroxy-4’-methoxydihydro- chalcone, and 2’,4’,6’-trihydroxydihydrochalcone, called phloretin) markedly augmented TRAIL-induced apoptosis and cytotoxicity in LNCaP cells and confirmed the significant role of chalcones in chemoprevention of prostate cancer.
Keywords: chalcones and dihydrochalcones; TRAIL; apoptosis; chemoprevention; prostate cancer chalcones and dihydrochalcones; TRAIL; apoptosis; chemoprevention; prostate cancer
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Szliszka, E.; Czuba, Z.P.; Mazur, B.; Paradysz, A.; Krol, W. Chalcones and Dihydrochalcones Augment TRAIL-Mediated Apoptosis in Prostate Cancer Cells. Molecules 2010, 15, 5336-5353.

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