alexa Biotransformation of geniposide by human intestinal microflora on cytotoxicity against HepG2 cells.

Author(s): Khanal T, Kim HG, Choi JH, Do MT, Kong MJ,

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Abstract Intestinal microflora (IM) is able to produce toxic and carcinogenic metabolites and induce more potent cytotoxicity against cells than non-metabolites. This study was performed to investigate the cytotoxic responses of geniposide (GS) and its metabolite and to determine the role of metabolism by IM in GS-induced cytotoxicity. Genipin (GP), a GS metabolite, increased cytotoxic effects in cells, but GS did not. Following GS incubation with IM for metabolic activation, increased cytotoxicity was detected compared to GS. Western blot analysis revealed that the activated GS inhibited Bcl-2 expression with a subsequent increase in Bax expression. Likewise, GS activation by IM stimulated caspase-3 and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). In addition, activated GS-induced apoptosis was confirmed by apoptosis and ROS assays; N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) suppressed ROS production and apoptotic cell death. Activated GS induced sustained JNK phosphorylation. Moreover, activated GS-induced cell death was reversed by SP600125. Taken together, these findings suggest that human IM is able to metabolize GS into GP, and the related biological activities induce apoptosis through ROS/JNK signaling. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Toxicol Lett and referenced in

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