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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 760-763

Effects of Spica prunellae on caspase-3-associated proliferation and apoptosis in human lung cancer cells in vitro

1 Department of Clinical Medicine, Jiangsu Health Vocational College, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
2 Department of Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Correspondence Address:
Jinhua Zhu
Jiangsu Health Vocational College, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 211800
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_1289_16

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Purpose: This study aimed to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of Spica prunellae on proliferation and apoptosis of lung cancer cells in vitro. Materials and Methods: The cell viability was determined with the CCK8 assay and the apoptosis was examined by flow cytometry. Western blotting was applied to detect the protein level of caspase-3 expression. Results: It was observed that Spica prunellae could promote the apoptosis and inhibit the proliferation of A549 in vitro. The analysis of Western blotting showed that the expression level of proapoptosis protein caspase-3 was generally unchanged, whereas the level of activated caspase-3 was significantly increased. Conclusion: The results indicated that the growth of lung cancer cells A549 might be inhibited with Spica prunellae through activating the proapoptotic protein caspase-3 and inducing cellular apoptotic pathway.

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