In the course of our screening for small molecules to inhibit apoptosis of U937 human leukemia cells induced by etoposide (10 μg/ml), Penicillium sp. F020150 with potent inhibitory activity was selected. The active compound was purified from ethyl acetate extract of the microorganism by Sephadex LH-20 column chromatography and HPLC, and was identified as gentisyl alcohol (2,5-dihydroxybenzyl alcohol) by spectroscopic methods. The compound inhibited caspase-3 induction with IC50 value of 3.0 μg/ml after 8 h of etoposide treatment. The expression levels of caspase-3 and PARP were dose-dependently inhibited by the compound, suggesting that gentisyl alcohol inhibits etoposide-induced apoptosis via downregulation of caspases.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of microbiology and biotechnology|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Jun|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology