A dietary anthocyanidin delphinidin induces apoptosis of human prostate cancer PC3 cells in vitro and in vivo: Involvement of nuclear factor-κB signaling

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  • Delphinidin, a major anthocyanidin present in many pigmented fruits and vegetables, possesses antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and antiangiogenic properties. In this study, we provide evidence that it could be developed as a novel agent against human prostate cancer (PCa). We observed that delphinidin treatment to human PCa LNCaP, C4-2, 22Rν1, and PC3 cells resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition of cell growth without having any substantial effect on normal human prostate epithelial cells. We selected PC3 cells as a test model system because of their highly aggressive proliferative nature. Delphinidin treatment of cells resulted in a dose-dependent induction of apoptosis and arrest of cells in G2-M phase. This induction of apoptosis seems to be mediated via activation of caspases because N-benzyloxycarbonyl-Val-Ala- Asp(OMe)-fluromethylketone significantly reduced apoptosis induced by delphinidin. We also observed that delphinidin treatment of cells resulted in a dose-dependent decrease in (a) phosphorylation of IκB kinase γ (NEMO), (b)phosphor ylation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)inhibitor y protein IκBα, (c) phosphorylation of NF-κB/p65 at Ser 536 and NF-κB/p50 at Ser529, (d)NF-κB/p65 nuclear translocation, and (e)NF-κB DNA binding activity. Delphinidin administration (2 mg, i.p. thrice weekly) to athymic nude mice implanted with PC3 cells resulted in a significant inhibition of tumor growth. Analysis of tumors from delphinidin-treated mice showed significant decrease in the expression of NF-κB/p65, Bcl2, Ki67, and PCNA. Taken together, our data suggest that delphinidin could be developed as an agent against human PCa. ©2008 American Association for Cancer Research.
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  • Cancer Research  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hafeez BB; Siddiqui IA; Asim M; Malik A; Afaq F; Adhami VM; Saleem M; Din M; Mukhtar H
  • Start Page

  • 8564
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  • 8572
  • Volume

  • 68
  • Issue

  • 20