Research Papers

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate promotes apoptosis and expression of the caspase 9a splice variant in PC3 prostate cancer cells

Int J Oncol 43, 194-200 (2013)
 - PMID/doi: 23615977
Authors: Rachel M. Hagen, Veronica S. Chedea, Christopher P. Mintoff, Elizabeth Bowler, H. Ruth Morse & Michael R. Ladomery


Growing evidence suggests that the flavonoid epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), notably abundant in green tea, has health-promoting properties. We examined the effect of EGCG on cell survival and apoptosis in the prostate cancer cell line PC3. Cell survival was reduced and apoptosis increased significantly with a low dose of 1uM EGCG. The ability of the anticancer drug cisplatin to promote apoptosis was enhanced by EGCG. Furthermore EGCG, both alone and in combination with cisplatin, promoted the expression of the pro-apoptotic splice isoform of caspase 9.