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Carcinogenesis. 2007 Jan;28(1):215-22. Epub 2006 Aug 3.

Deoxycholate induces mitochondrial oxidative stress and activates NF-kappaB through multiple mechanisms in HCT-116 colon epithelial cells.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724-5044, USA.


Nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) is a redox-associated transcription factor that is involved in the activation of survival pathways. We have previously shown that deoxycholate (DOC) activates NF-kappaB in hepatocytes and colon epithelial cells and that persistent exposure of HCT-116 cells to increasing concentrations of DOC results in the constitutive activation of NF-kappaB, which is associated with the development of apoptosis resistance. The mechanisms by which DOC activates NF-kappaB in colon epithelial cells, and whether natural antioxidants can reduce DOC-induced NF-kappaB activation, however, are not known. Also, it is not known if DOC can generate reactive oxygen species within mitochondria as a possible pathway of stress-related NF-kappaB activation. Since we have previously shown that DOC activates the NF-kappaB stress-response pathway in HCT-116 cells, we used this cell line to further explore the mechanisms of NF-kappaB activation. We found that DOC induces mitochondrial oxidative stress and activates NF-kappaB in HCT-116 cells through multiple mechanisms involving NAD(P)H oxidase, Na+/K+-ATPase, cytochrome P450, Ca++ and the terminal mitochondrial respiratory complex IV. DOC-induced NF-kappaB activation was significantly (P < 0.05) inhibited by pre-treatment of cells with CAPE, EGCG, TMS, DPI, NaN3, EGTA, Ouabain and RuR. The NF-kappaB-activating pathways, induced by the dietary-related endogenous detergent DOC, provide mechanisms for promotion of colon cancer and identify possible new targets for chemoprevention.

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