1,1-Bis(3′-indolyl)-1-(p-substituted phenyl)methanes decrease mitochondrial membrane potential and induce apoptosis in endometrial and other cancer cell lines

Jun Hong, Ismael Samudio, Sudhakar Chintharlapalli, Stephen Safe

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Abstract

1,1-Bis(3′-indolyl)-1-(p-substituted phenyl)methanes, containing p-t-butyl (DIM-C-pPhtBu) and phenyl (DIM-C-pPhC6H5) substituents, are peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) agonists; however, DIM-C-pPhtBu-induced growth inhibition and cell death in human HEC1A endometrial cancer cells is PPARγ-independent. DIM-C-pPhtBu decreased mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and promoted the release of cytochrome c and caspase activation and nuclear uptake of endonuclease G leading to apoptosis of HEC1A cells. DIM-C-pPhtBu specifically targeted the mitochondrial permeability transition pore complex (PTPC) because the DIM-C-pPhtBu-induced proapoptotic responses were inhibited by atractyloside (Atra), a compound that specifically interacts with the inner mitochondrial membrane adenine nucleotide transport (ANT) proteins. At the dose of Atra used in this study (300 μM), this compound alone did not alter the PTPC but inhibited the mitochondriotoxic effects of DIM-C-pPhtBu. DIM-C-pPhtBu/DIM-C- pPhC6H5 and Atra also differentially affected the ability of eosin-5-maleimide (EMA) to alkylate Cys160 in the ANT protein and Atra, but not DIM-C-pPhtBu, inhibited the exchange of ATP/ADP in isolated mitochondria suggesting that these pharmacophores act on different sites on the ANT protein. Results of this study show that the receptor-independent proapoptotic activity of DIM-C-pPhtBu and DIM-C-pPhC6H5 were related to novel mitochondriotoxic activities involving inner mitochondrial ANT proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-507
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular Carcinogenesis
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • ANT
  • Apoptosis
  • C-DIM
  • HEC1A cells
  • Mitochondria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research

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