Lactobacillus casei extract induces apoptosis in gastric cancer by inhibiting NF-κB and mTOR-mediated signaling

Jeong Won Hwang, Young Mi Baek, Kyeong Eun Yang, Hwa Seung Yoo, Chong Kwan Cho, Yeon Weol Lee, Junsoo Park, Chi Yong Eom, Zee Won Lee, Jong Soon Choi, Ik Soon Jang

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Lactobacillus casei extract (LBX) has been reported to prevent gastric cancer, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The proliferation and cell death of gastric cancer KATO3 cells were examined after treatment with LBX for various times and at various doses. LBX inhibited the growth of gastric cancer cells and induced apoptosis by inactivating NF-κB promoter activity. Apoptosis induced by LBX, however, is not directly associated with the intrinsic mitochondrial pathway. Immunoblot analysis revealed that LBX decreased the expressions of NF-κB and IκB. The reduced NF-κB levels led to the decreased phosphorylation of mTOR signaling components, such as PI3K, Akt, and p70S6 kinase. These results showed for the first time that LBX induced apoptosis in gastric cancer cells by inhibiting NF-κB and mTOR-mediated signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalIntegrative Cancer Therapies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was financially supported by a Korea Basic Science Institute NAP grant (T3178B) to J. S. Choi and by the Mid-career Researcher Program through an NRF grant funded by the MEST (No. No RO1-2008-000-20253-0).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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