Inhibition of cytochrome P450 2J2 by tanshinone IIA induces apoptotic cell death in hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells.
Eur J Pharmacol. 2015 Oct 5 ;764:480-8. Epub 2015 Jul 21. PMID: 26209360
Yu Jin Jeon
Cytochrome P450 2J2 (CYP2J2) is highly expressed in human tumors and carcinoma cell lines, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of human cancers. The aim of this study was to identify a compound that could inhibit the activity of CYP2J2, and to examine its anticancer activity. To identify CYP2J2 inhibitors, 10 terpenoids obtained from plants were screened using astemizole as a CYP2J2 probe substrate in human liver microsomes (HLMs). Of these, tanshinone IIA dose-dependently and non-competitively inhibited CYP2J2-mediated astemizole O-demethylation activity. Tanshinone IIA significantly decreased viability of human hepatoma HepG2 cells and SiHa cervical cancer cells; however, it was not cytotoxic against mouse hepatocytes. Furthermore, treatment of cells with tanshinone IIA significantly increased apoptotic cell death rate, as shown by the increase in Annexin V-stained cell populations, Bcl-2 associated X protein (Bax)/B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) ratio, and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1) cleavage in HepG2 cells. Furthermore, the results of this study showed that tanshinone IIA significantly decreased HepG2 cell-based tumor growth in nude mice in a dose-dependent manner. On the other hand, the tanshinone IIA-induced apoptotic cell death rate was significantly attenuated by enhanced up-regulation of CYP2J2 expression. Thus, our data strongly suggest that tanshinone IIA exerts its anticancer effect by inhibiting CYP2J2 activity.