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J Nutr Biochem. 2006 Aug;17(8):525-30. Epub 2005 Oct 27.

Dilinoleoyl-phosphatidylethanolamine from Hericium erinaceum protects against ER stress-dependent Neuro2a cell death via protein kinase C pathway.

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Department of Epigenetic Medicine, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, Yamanashi 409-3898, Japan.


In many types of neurodegeneration, neuronal cell death is induced by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Hence, natural products able to reduce ER stress are candidates for use in the attenuation of neuronal cell death and, hence, in the reduction of the damage, which occurs in neurodegenerative disease. In this study, we investigated ER stress-reducing natural products from an edible mushroom, Hericium erinaceum. As a result of screening by cell viability assay on the protein glycosylation inhibitor tunicamycin-induced (i.e., ER stress-dependent) cell death, we found that dilinoleoyl-phosphatidylethanolamine (DLPE) was one of the molecules effective at reducing ER stress-dependent cell death in the mouse neuroblastoma cell line Neuro2a cells. A purified DLPE, commercially available, also exhibited a reducing effect on this ER stress-dependent cell death. Therefore, we concluded that DLPE has potential as a protective molecule in ER stress-induced cell death. From the structure of DLPE, it was hypothesized that it might activate protein kinase C (PKC). The activity of PKC-epsilon, a novel-type PKC, was increased by adding DLPE, and PKC-gamma, a conventional-type PKC, was activated on the coaddition of diolein and DLPE, as shown by in vitro enzyme activity analysis. The protecting activity of DLPE was attenuated in the presence of a PKC inhibitor GF109203X but not completely diminished. Therefore, DLPE can protect neuronal cells from ER stress-induced cell death, at least in part by the PKC pathway.

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