Author(s): Ma X, Tian X, Huang X, Yan F, Qiao D
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Abstract Resveratrol, a natural polyphenolic antioxidant, has been reported to possess the cancer chemopreventive potential in wide range by means of triggering tumor cells apoptosis through various pathways. It induced apoptosis through the activation of the mitochondrial pathway in some kinds of cells. In the present reports, we showed that resveratrol-induced HepG2 cell apoptosis and mitochondrial dysfunction was dependent on the induction of the mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT), because resveratrol caused the collapse of the mitochondrial membrane potential (DeltaPsi(m)) with the concomitant release of cytochrome c (Cyt.c). In addition, resveratrol induced a rapid and sustained elevation of intracellular [Ca(2+)], which compromised the mitochondrial DeltaPsi(m) and triggered the process of HepG2 cell apoptosis. In permeabilized HepG2 cells, we further demonstrated that the effect of the resveratrol was indeed synergistic with that of Ca(2+) and Ca(2+) is necessary for resveratrol-induced MPT opening. Calcium-induced calcium release from mitochondria (mCICR) played a key role in mitochondrial dysfunction and cell apoptosis: (1) mCICR inhibitor, ruthenium red (RR), prevent MPT opening and Cyt.c release; and (2) RR attenuated resveratrol-induced HepG2 cell apoptotic death. Furthermore, resveratrol promotes MPT opening by lowering Ca(2+)-threshold. These data suggest modifying mCICR and Ca(2+) threshold to modulate MPT opening may be a potential target to control cell apoptosis induced by resveratrol.
This article was published in Mol Cell Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy