Induction of Apoptosis in Human Myeloid Leukemic Cells by 1′-Acetoxychavicol Acetate through a Mitochondrial- and Fas-Mediated Dual Mechanism

Keisuke Ito, Tomonori Nakazato, Akira Murakami, Kenji Yamato, Yoshitaka Miyakawa, Taketo Yamada, Nobumichi Hozumi, Hajime Ohigashi, Yasuo Ikeda, Masahiro Kizaki

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Purpose: The purpose of this investigation was to determine the antileukemic effects of 1′-acetoxychavicol acetate (ACA) obtained from rhizomes of the commonly used ethno-medicinal plant Languas galanga (Zingiberaceae). Experimental Design: We evaluated the effects of ACA on various myeloid leukemic cells in vitro and in vivo. We further examined the molecular mechanisms of ACA-induced apoptosis in myeloid leukemic cells. Results: Low-dose ACA dramatically inhibited cellular growth of leukemic cells by inducing apoptosis. Because NB4 promyelocytic leukemic cells were most sensitive to ACA, we used NB4 cells for further analyses. Production of reactive oxygen species triggered ACA-induced apoptosis. ACA-induced apoptosis in NB4 cells was in association with the loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential (ΔΨm) and activation of caspase-9, suggesting that ACA-induced death signaling is mediated through a mitochondrial oxygen stress pathway. In addition, ACA activated Fas-mediated apoptosis by inducing of casapse-8 activity. Pretreatment with the thiol antioxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) did not inhibit caspase-8 activation, and the antagonistic anti-Fas antibody ZB4 did not block generation of reactive oxygen species, indicating that both pathways were involved independently in ACA-induced apoptosis. Furthermore, ACA had a survival advantage in vivo in a nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient mice leukemia model without any toxic effects. Conclusions: We conclude that ACA induces apoptosis in myeloid leukemic cells via independent dual pathways. In addition, ACA has potential as a novel therapeutic agent for the treatment of myeloid leukemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2120-2130
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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