Abstract Title:

Resveratrol inhibits proliferation and promotes apoptosis of osteosarcoma cells.

Abstract Source:

Eur J Pharmacol. 2009 May 1;609(1-3):13-8. Epub 2009 Mar 11. PMID: 19285066

Abstract Author(s):

Yan Li, Carl-Magnus Bäckesjö, Lars-Arne Haldosén, Urban Lindgren

Article Affiliation:

Department for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Division of Orthopedics, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, 14186 Huddinge, Sweden. Yan.Li@ki.se


The phytoalexin resveratrol has been described to have chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effects in several tumor models while its effects on osteosarcoma have not been extensively studied. Additionally, resveratrol is a potent activator of the Sirt1/Sir2 (silent information regulator 2) family of NAD-dependent deacetylases which plays a role in calorie restriction-mediated tumor suppression. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of resveratrol on growth and apoptosis in four osteosarcoma cell lines (HOS, Saos-2, U-2 OS and MG-63) and a normal human osteoblast cell line (NHOst). We found that Sirt1 protein was relatively higher expressed in the tumor cells than normal osteoblasts. Consistently, resveratrol induced apoptosis in a dose-dependent fashion in the osteosarcoma cells but had minor effect on normal osteoblasts. Also, a similar effect could be elicited by another Sirt1 activator, isonicotinamide. In addition, the pro-apoptotic effect of resveratrol could be enhanced by nutrition restriction elicited by l-asparaginase. We postulate that these effects by resveratrol are mediated via Sirt1 but further studies are needed to confirm or refute this theory.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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