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J Med Food. 2003 Winter;6(4):273-80.

Antiproliferative effect of resveratrol in human prostate carcinoma cells.

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Department of Biochemistry, Dongeui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.


Resveratrol, a polyphenolic phytoalexin found in grapes, may have potential for the prevention and treatment of human cancer. We report here that resveratrol inhibits the growth of human prostate carcinoma DU145 cells and provide a molecular explanation of the effect. Resveratrol treatment in DU145 cells resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition of cell growth and induced apoptotic cell death. The antiproliferative effect of resveratrol was associated with the inhibition of D-type cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) 4 expression, and the induction of tumor suppressor p53 and Cdk inhibitor p21. Moreover, the kinase activities of cyclin E and Cdk2 were inhibited by resveratrol without alteration of their protein levels. Resveratrol treatment also up-regulated the Bax protein and mRNA expression in a dose-dependent manner; however, Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL levels were not significantly affected. These effects were found to correlate with an activation of caspase-3 and caspase-9. Taken together, our study suggests that resveratrol has a strong potential for development as an agent for the prevention of human prostate cancer.

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