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Acteoside inhibits human promyelocytic HL-60 leukemia cell proliferation via inducing cell cycle arrest at G<sub>0</sub>/G<sub>1</sub> phase and differentiation into monocyte

Kyung-Won Lee, Hyoung Ja Kim, Yong Sup Lee, Hee-Jun Park, Jong-Won Choi, Joohun Ha and Kyung-Tae Lee

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 28, issue 9, pages 1928-1936
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:

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We investigated the in vitro effects of acteoside on the proliferation, cell cycle regulation and differentiation of HL-60 human promyelocytic leukemia cells. Acteoside inhibited the proliferation of HL-60 cells in a concentration- and time-dependent manner with an IC50, ∼30 μM. DNA flow cytometric analysis indicated that acteoside blocked cell cycle progression at the G1 phase in HL-60 human promyelocytic leukemia cells. Among the G1 phase cell cycle-related proteins, the levels of cyclin-dependent protein kinase (CDK)2, CDK6, cyclin D1, cyclin D2, cyclin D3 and cyclin E were reduced by acteoside, whereas the steady-state level of CDK4 was unaffected. The protein and mRNA levels of CDK inhibitors (cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors), such as p21CIP1/WAF1 and p27KIP1, were gradually increased after acteoside treatment in a time-dependent manner. In addition, acteoside markedly enhanced the binding of p21CIP1/WAF1 and p27KIP1 to CDK4 and CDK6, resulting in the reduction of CDK2, CDK4 and CDK6 activities. Moreover, the hypophosphorylated form of retinoblastoma increased, leading to the enhanced binding of protein retinoblastoma (pRb) and E2F1. Our results further suggest that acteoside is a potent inducer of differentiation of HL-60 cells based on biochemical activities and the expression level of CD14 cell surface antigen. In conclusion, the onset of acteoside-induced G1 arrest of HL-60 cells prior to the differentiation appears to be tightly linked to up-regulation of the p21CIP1/WAF1 and p27KIP1 levels and decreases in the CDK2, CDK4 and CDK6 activities. These findings, for the first time, reveal the mechanism underlying the anti-proliferative effect of acteoside on human promyelocytic HL-60 cells.

Journal Article.  6882 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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