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Ai Zheng. 2003 Aug;22(8):801-5.

[Effects of wogonin on inducing apoptosis of human ovarian cancer A2780 cells and telomerase activity].

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Clinic Experiment Center, Guangxi Cancer Institute, Nanning, Guangxi, 530021, PR China.



Inducing apoptosis and inhibiting the telomerase activity of tumor cells became a new therapeutic means for tumor. In vivo and in vitro experiments showed that wogonin possesses antioxidant activities and inhibitory effect on tumor cells growth. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of wogonin on telomerase activity and apoptosis of human ovarian carcinoma cell line A2780.


MTT assay,fluorescent microscopy,and DNA agarose gel electrophoresis were used to determine the role of wogonin on apoptosis of A2780 cells. The telomerase activity of A2780 cells were observed by using TRAP-ELASA method.


A2780 cell growth was significantly inhibited by wogonin. The inhibiting effect showed concentration-dependent and time-dependent manners with IC(50) of 85 microg/ml. After treatment with 50 microg/ml and 100 microg/ml wogonin for 48 hours, A2780 cells showed morphological changes associated with the characters of apoptosis under fluorescent microscope. Typical DNA ladder was found using agarose gel electrophoresis. Telomerase activity of A2780 cells was gradually decreased with the increasing of wogonin concentration. When the concentration of wogonin was higher than 200 microg/ml, telomerase activity of A2780 cells was inhibited markedly.


Wogonin can inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis of A2780 cells within a certain concentration range(50-250 microg/ml). Anticancer effects of wogonin were associated with the induction of apoptosis and partly with the suppression of telomerase activity.

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