, Volume 87, Issue 12, pp 2141-2150
Date: 18 May 2013

Effect of caffeic acid on Ca2+ homeostasis and apoptosis in SCM1 human gastric cancer cells

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Caffeic acid is a natural phenolic compound that affects cellular Ca2+ homeostasis and viability in different cells. This study examined the effect of caffeic acid on cytosolic free Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+] i ) and viability in SCM1 human gastric cancer cells. The Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent dye fura-2 was used to measure [Ca2+] i . Caffeic acid-evoked [Ca2+] i rises concentration dependently. The response was reduced by removing extracellular Ca2+. Caffeic acid-evoked Ca2+ entry was inhibited by store-operated channel inhibitors (nifedipine, econazole, and SK&F96365) and protein kinase C activator (phorbol 12-myristate 13 acetate, PMA), but not by protein kinase C inhibitor (GF109203X). In Ca2+-free medium, treatment with the endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ pump inhibitor thapsigargin or 2,5-di-tert-butylhydroquinone (BHQ) abolished caffeic acid-evoked [Ca2+] i rise. Conversely, treatment with caffeic acid decreased thapsigargin or BHQ-evoked [Ca2+] i rise. Inhibition of phospholipase C with U73122 abolished caffeic acid-evoked [Ca2+] i rise. At 200–800 μM, caffeic acid inhibited cell viability, which was not changed by chelating cytosolic Ca2+ with 1,2-bis(2-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N′,N′-tetraacetic acid-acetoxymethyl ester (BAPTA/AM). Caffeic acid between 400 and 800 μM also induced apoptosis. Collectively, in SCM1 cells, caffeic acid-induced [Ca2+] i rises by evoking phospholipase C-dependent Ca2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum and Ca2+ entry via store-operated Ca2+ channels. Caffeic acid also caused Ca2+-independent apoptosis.