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Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019 Mar 7;2019:4619865. doi: 10.1155/2019/4619865. eCollection 2019.

Resveratrol Enhances Apoptotic and Oxidant Effects of Paclitaxel through TRPM2 Channel Activation in DBTRG Glioblastoma Cells.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bingöl University, Bingöl, Turkey.
Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey.
Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey.
Neuroscience Research Center, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey.
Drug Discovery and Development Research Group in Neuroscience, BSN Health, Analysis and Innovation, Goller Bolgesi Teknokenti, Isparta, Turkey.
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


Numerous studies have reported a strong association between increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the pathobiology of several diseases, and cancer in particular. Therefore, manipulation of cellular oxidative stress levels represents an important therapeutic target. Recently, resveratrol (RESV), a naturally occurring phytochemical, has been shown to sensitize several cell lines to the anticancer effects of other chemotherapeutic agents, including paclitaxel (PAX). However, the molecular mechanisms of action of RESV through oxidative sensitive TRPM2 channel activation remain unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of combination therapy of RESV and PAX on activation of TRPM2 in DBTRG glioblastoma cells. DBTRG cells were divided into four treatment groups: control, RESV (50 μM), PAX (50 μM), and PAX + RESV for 24 hours. Our data shows that markers for apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane depolarization and mitochondrial function, intracellular steady-state ROS levels, caspase 3 activity, TRPM2 current density, and Ca2+ florescence intensity were significantly increased in DBTRG cells following treatment with PAX and RESV, respectively, although cell viability was also decreased by these treatments. These biochemical markers were further increased to favor the anticancer effects of PAX in DBTRG cells in combination with RESV. The PAX and RESV-mediated increase in current density and Ca2+ florescence intensity was decreased with a TRPM2 blocker. This suggests that for this combination therapy to have a substantial effect on apoptosis and cell viability, the TRPM2 channel must be stimulated.

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