(-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate suppresses growth of AZ521 human gastric cancer cells by targeting the DEAD-box RNA helicase p68

Tomoko Tanaka, Takeshi Ishii, Daisuke Mizuno, Taiki Mori, Ryoichi Yamaji, Yoshimasa Nakamura, Shigenori Kumazawa, Tsutomu Nakayama, Mitsugu Akagawa

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(-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most abundant and biologically active polyphenol in green tea, induces apoptosis and suppresses proliferation of cancer cells by modulating multiple signal transduction pathways. However, the fundamental mechanisms responsible for these cancer-preventive effects have not been clearly elucidated. Recently, we found that EGCG can covalently bind to cysteine residues in proteins through autoxidation and subsequently modulate protein function. In this study, we demonstrate the direct binding of EGCG to cellular proteins in AZ521 human gastric cancer cells by redox-cycle staining. We comprehensively explored the binding targets of EGCG from EGCG-treated AZ521 cells by proteomics techniques combined with the boronate-affinity pull-down method. The DEAD-box RNA helicase p68, which is overexpressed in a variety of tumor cells and plays an important role in cancer development and progression, was identified as a novel EGCG-binding target. Exposure of AZ521 cells to EGCG lowered the p68 level dose dependently. The present findings show that EGCG inhibits AZ521 cell proliferation by preventing β-catenin oncogenic signaling through proteasomal degradation of p68 and provide a new perspective on the molecular mechanism of EGCG action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1324-1335
Number of pages12
JournalFree Radical Biology and Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2011


  • (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate
  • Cancer
  • Free radicals
  • Green tea
  • Polyphenol
  • Proteomics
  • Quinone
  • p68

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology (medical)


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