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Food Chem Toxicol. 2007 Mar;45(3):403-11. Epub 2006 Sep 8.

Inhibition of 12-lipoxygenase during baicalein-induced human lung nonsmall carcinoma H460 cell apoptosis.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, Chi Mei Hospital, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan.


Baicalein is known as a 12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX) inhibitor. The 12-LOX is found to be involved in the progression of human cancers and the inhibitor of 12-LOX offers a target for the prevention cancer. We demonstrated the inhibitory effect of baicalein on the gene and protein expression of 12-LOX in H460 human lung nonsmall carcinoma cell line. Treatment of baicalein inhibited the growth of H460 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Following 24h exposure to 50muM baicalein, cell cycle analysis revealed an increase in the cell population in S-phase. During the S-phase arrest, baicalein decreased the protein levels of cdk1 and cyclin B1, which are the regulating proteins of S-phase transition to G2/M-phase, in this study. Furthermore, baicalein induced the most of H460 cell apoptosis after treatment for 48h. H460 cells formed vesicles and apoptotic body, and then floated after treatment with baicalein. Baicalein-induced H460 cell apoptosis was confirmed by DNA condensation and fragmentation. Baicalein-induced apoptosis were also accompanied by decreasing in Bcl-2 and proform of caspase-3 and increasing p53 and Bax protein levels. Pretreatment with a specific caspase-3 inhibitor, Ac-DEVD-CHO, partially reduced baicalein-induced cell death, indicating baicalein induces apoptosis is partially dependent on caspase-3 pathway in H460 cells. These data suggest that baicalein, a 12-LOX inhibitor, inhibits the proliferation of H460 cells via S-phase arrest and induces apoptosis in association with the regulation of molecules in the cell cycle and apoptosis-related proteins.

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