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Title: Cordycepin induces apoptosis in human neuroblastoma SK-N-BE(2)-C and melanoma SK-MEL-2 cells
Authors: Baik, Ji-Sue
Kwon, Haw-Young
Kim, Kyoung-Sook
Keywords: Cordycepin
SK-N-BE(2)-C Cell
SK-MEL-2 Cell
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: In this study, the effect of cordycepin (3’-deoxyadenosine), a major component of <i>Cordyceps militaris,</i> an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine was investigated for the first time on apoptotsis in human neuroblastoma SK-N-BE(2)-C and melanoma SK-MEL-2 cells. Cordycepin significantly inhibited the proliferation of human neuroblastoma SK-N-BE(2)-C and human melanoma SK-MEL-2 cells with IC<sub>50</sub> values of 120 mM and 80 mM, respectively. Cordycepin treatment at 120 mM and 80 mM, respectively, induced apoptosis in both cells and caused the increase of cell accumulation in a time-dependent manner at the apoptotic sub-G1 phase, as evidenced by the flow cytometry (FCM) and annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) analyses. Western blot analysis revealed the induction of active caspase-3 and poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) cleavage by cordycepin treatment. These results suggest that cordycepin is a potential candidate for cancer therapy of neuroblastoma and melanoma.
Description: 86-91
ISSN: 0975-0959 (Online); 0301-1208 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJBB Vol.49(2) [April 2012]

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