Toxicity of chemotherapeutic drugs towards normal cells is a serious side effect of cancer treatment. Thus, finding of molecules with low toxicity for normal cells is crucial. Several natural compounds, such as flavonoid quercertin, are receiving a growing attention as “chemopreventers”. Quercetin kills tumour-derived cell lines, but little is known about its effects on normal cells. Here we show that although quercetin exerts a higher apoptotic potential on leukemic cell lines than on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and does not sensitize PBMCs to CD95-induced apoptosis, it is able to inhibit normal immune functions such as T cell proliferation and activation. Quercetin sensitivity is independent on cell cycle progression since it was not abrogated in serum-starved U937 cells, nor proliferating PBMCs underwent apoptosis after quercetin treatment. However, quercetin prevented PHA-induced PBMC proliferation and SEB-induced upregulation of activation markers. Our data suggest that quercetin, while incapable of inducing apoptosis in normal cells under several conditions, could interfere with effector T cell function.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Titolo:||Quercetin inhibits lymphocyte activation and proliferation without inducing apoptosis in peripheral mononuclear cells.|
|Autore/i:||Lugli, Enrico; Ferraresi, Roberta; Roat, Erika; Troiano, Leonarda; Pinti, Marcello; Nasi, Milena; Nemes, Elisa; Bertoncelli, L; Gibellini, Lara; Salomoni, Paolo; Cooper, El; Cossarizza, Andrea|
|Citazione:||Quercetin inhibits lymphocyte activation and proliferation without inducing apoptosis in peripheral mononuclear cells / Lugli, Enrico; Ferraresi, Roberta; Roat, Erika; Troiano, Leonarda; Pinti, Marcello; Nasi, Milena; Nemes, Elisa; Bertoncelli, L; Gibellini, Lara; Salomoni, Paolo; Cooper, El; Cossarizza, Andrea. - In: LEUKEMIA RESEARCH. - ISSN 0145-2126. - STAMPA. - 33 (1)(2008), pp. 140-150.|
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