Activation of caspase-3 protease during the process of ursolic acid and its derivative-induced apoptosis

F. Hollósy, M. Idei, Gézáné Csorba, Edit Szabó, Gyöngyi Bökönyi, Attila Seprödi, György Mészáros, B. Szende, G. Kéri

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The apoptosis-inducing effect of the triterpene saponins, namely, ursolic acid and its natural derivative, methyl-ursolate β-D-glucoside on A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cells was studied. The cells treated with 5-50 μg/ml of ursolic acid resulted in a dose-and time-dependent decrease in cell number, due to an increase of apoptotic cells as evidenced by MTT assay together with morphological changes. The highest dose (50 μg/ml) of ursolic acid resulted in approximately 90 % inhibition in tumor cell growth after 96 hours of treatment and 60 % of apoptosis after 48 hours. To the contrary, when the same treatment was carried out with methyl-ursolate β-D-glucoside, after 96 hours of treatment the percentage of cell growth inhibition was found to be only 30 % at the dose of 50 μg/ml and the value of apoptosis did not exceed 10 %. Similarly to these results, ursolic acid effectively induced proteolytic activation of caspase-3 protease in a dose-dependent manner while its derivative showed only weak activity in this enzyme assay. The addition of DEVD-CHO prior to ursolic acid and methyl-ursolate β-D-glucoside treatment effectively prevented the loss of triterpenes-induced viability. In summary, the triterpene saponins investigated contain an apoptotic-inducing activity in A431 cells and in the case of ursolic acid it is associated with proteolytic activation of caspase-3 and/or other similar caspases. Our results also indicated that methylation of COOH-28 together with the glycosylation of C3 of ursolic acid have a strong impact on its antitumor activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3485-3491
Number of pages7
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume21
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Caspase 3
Peptide Hydrolases
Apoptosis
Triterpenes
Saponins
Enzyme Assays
Growth
Caspases
ursolic acid
Glycosylation
Methylation
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cell Count
methylglucoside
methyl ursolate
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cell
  • Apoptosis
  • Caspase-3 protease
  • Methyl-ursolate β-D-glucoside
  • Ursolic acid

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  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Activation of caspase-3 protease during the process of ursolic acid and its derivative-induced apoptosis. / Hollósy, F.; Idei, M.; Csorba, Gézáné; Szabó, Edit; Bökönyi, Gyöngyi; Seprödi, Attila; Mészáros, György; Szende, B.; Kéri, G.

In: Anticancer Research, Vol. 21, No. 5, 2001, p. 3485-3491.

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Hollósy, F. ; Idei, M. ; Csorba, Gézáné ; Szabó, Edit ; Bökönyi, Gyöngyi ; Seprödi, Attila ; Mészáros, György ; Szende, B. ; Kéri, G. / Activation of caspase-3 protease during the process of ursolic acid and its derivative-induced apoptosis. In: Anticancer Research. 2001 ; Vol. 21, No. 5. pp. 3485-3491.
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