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Oncol Rep. 2015 Jul;34(1):375-81. doi: 10.3892/or.2015.3991. Epub 2015 May 19.

Quercetin-induced autophagy flux enhances TRAIL-mediated tumor cell death.

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Biosafety Research Institute, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756, Republic of Korea.


Quercetin is a potent cancer therapeutic agent and dietary antioxidant present in fruit and vegetables. Quercetin prevents tumor proliferation by inducing cell cycle arrest and is a well known cancer therapeutic agent and autophagy mediator. We investigated whether quercetin enhances TRAIL-induced tumor cell death and the possible mechanism in human lung cancer cells. We identified that quercetin markedly enhanced TRAIL-mediated lung cancer cell death. Quercetin treatment dose-dependently decreased the p62 protein expression and increased GFP-LC3B. Autophagy flux inhibitor, chloroquine treatment blocked the enhancing effects of TRAIL-induced apoptosis by quercetin. Our results indicated that quercetin enhanced TRAIL-induced cell death via autophagy flux activation, and also suggest that quercetin may be a therapeutic agent against human lung cancer via combination therapy with many anticancer drugs including TRAIL.

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