Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 55, Issue 34, pp 3922–3928 | Cite as

Reactive oxygen species involved in sulforaphane-induced STAT3 inactivation and apoptosis in DU145 prostate cancer cells

  • Wonil Koh
  • Kwang Seok Ahn
  • Soo-Jin Jeong
  • Hyo-Jung Lee
  • Minseok Kim
  • Hyo-Jeong Lee
  • Eun-Ok Lee
  • Sung-Hoon KimEmail author
Article Medical Cell Biology


Signal transducer and activator of transcription factor 3 (STAT3) is a transcription factor that regulates various cellular processes such as proliferation, survival and angiogenesis in cancer cells. In the present study, we investigated the mechanisms whereby isothiocyanate sulforaphane (SFN) suppresses STAT3 activation in DU145 prostate cancer cells. SFN significantly inhibited SFN-inhibited STAT3 phosphorylation at Tyr705 as well as the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) binding capability in electrophoresis mobility shift assay (EMSA) in time- and concentration-dependent manner. SFN also abrogated the Janus activated kinase 2 (JAK2) phosphoraylation. In addition, SFN down-regulated STAT3-related gene products including Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, and cyclin D1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and inhibited the proliferation and induced apoptosis. Moreover, SFN mediated reactive oxygen species (ROS) production at the early time. Overall, these results demonstrate that ROS generation may be involved in the inhibition of JAK2/STAT3 activation and apoptosis in DU145 cells.


sulforaphane STAT3 apoptosis reactive oxygen species DU145 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wonil Koh
    • 1
  • Kwang Seok Ahn
    • 1
  • Soo-Jin Jeong
    • 1
  • Hyo-Jung Lee
    • 1
  • Minseok Kim
    • 2
  • Hyo-Jeong Lee
    • 1
  • Eun-Ok Lee
    • 1
  • Sung-Hoon Kim
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Oriental MedicineKyung Hee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.College of Dental MedicineTufts UniversityBostonUSA

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