Ginsenoside Rg3 induces apoptosis in the U87MG human glioblastoma cell line through the MEK signaling pathway and reactive oxygen species.
Oncol Rep. 2013 Sep ;30(3):1362-70. Epub 2013 Jun 20. PMID: 23783960
Yoon Ji Choi
Ginsenoside is known to have potential cancer-preventive activities. The major active components in red ginseng consist of a variety of ginsenosides including Rg3, Rg5 and Rk1, each of which has different pharmacological activities. Among these, Rg3 has been reported to exert anticancer activities through inhibition of angiogenesis and cell proliferation. However, the effects of Rg3 and its molecular mechanism on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remain unclear. Therefore, it is essential to develop a greater understanding of this novel compound. In the present study, we investigated the effects of Rg3 on a human glioblastoma cell line and its molecular signaling mechanism. The mechanisms of apoptosis by ginsenoside Rg3 were related with the MEK signaling pathway and reactive oxygen species. Our data suggest that ginsenoside Rg3 is a novel agent for the chemotherapy of GBM.