Protective effect of Hypericum perforatum Linn (St. John's wort) against hydrogen peroxide-induced apoptosis on human neuroblastoma cells

Mi Hyeon Jang, Taeck Hyun Lee, Min Chul Shin, Geon Ho Bahn, Jong Woo Kim, Dong Hoon Shin, Ee Hwa Kim, Chang Ju Kim

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Abstract

The medicinal plant Hypericum perforatum Linn, commonly known as St. John's wort, has been used as an antidepressant. To investigate whether St. John's wort possesses a protective effect against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cytotoxicity in neuronal cells, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole staining, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling assay, flow cytometry analysis, DNA fragmentation assay, and caspase-3 enzyme assay were performed on SK-N-MC human neuroblastoma cells. Cells treated with H2O2 exhibited several apoptotic features, while those pre-treated with St. John's wort prior to H2O2 exposure showed a decreased occurrence of apoptotic features. In addition, pre-treatment with St. John's wort inhibited H2O2-induced increase in caspase-3 enzyme activity. These results suggest that St. John's wort may exert a protective effect against H2O2-induced apoptosis in human neuroblastoma cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume329
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 30 2002

Keywords

  • Apoptosis
  • Caspase-3 activity
  • Neuroblastoma cell line
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • St. John's wort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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