Friday, December 28, 2007

Propolis Component Induces Cancer Cell Death

Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester Induces Mitochondria-Mediated Apoptosis in Human Myeloid Leukemia U937 Cells
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, December 03, 2007

Abstract: Caffeic acid phenyl ester (CAPE), a biologically active ingredient of propolis, has several interesting biological properties including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, immunostimulatory, anti-angiogenic, anti-invasive, anti-metastatic and carcinostatic activities.

Recently, several groups have reported that CAPE is cytotoxic to tumor cells but not to normal cells. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of CAPE-induced apoptosis in human myeloid leukemia U937 cells…

From the results, it was concluded that CAPE induces the mitochondria-mediated apoptosis but not death receptors- or ER-mediated apoptosis in U937 cells.

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