Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.356, No.4, 1044-1049, 2007
Conjugated linoleic acid induces apoptosis of murine mammary tumor cells via Bcl-2 loss
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a powerful anticancer agent in a number of tumor model systems; however, its precise mechanism of action remains elusive. Here, we report that t10,c12 CLA, a component of synthetic CLA supplements, induced apoptosis and G(1) arrest of p53 mutant TM4t murine mammary tumor cells. Furthermore, t10,c12-CLA induced a time- and concentration-dependent cleavage of caspases-3 and -9, and release of cytochrome c from mitochondria to cytosol. Levels of Bcl-2 protein were decreased both in total cellular lysates and in mitochondria after t10,c12-CLA treatment; however, there was no significant change in Bax or Bak. Overexpression of Bcl-2 attenuated apoptosis in response to t10,c12-CLA treatment. These results demonstrate that t10,c12-CLA triggers apoptosis of p53 mutant murine mammary tumor cells through the mitochondrial pathway by targeting Bcl-2. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.