The Effects of Purified Artemia Extract Proteins on Proliferation, Differentiation and Apoptosis of Human Leukemic HL-60 Cells

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1 National Inistitute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

2 National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology


There has been an increment in the number of studies focused on marine bioactive materials. Many peptides and other biomaterials with anticancer potential have been extracted from various marine animals. Artemia extracts have found uses in sun-light protection cosmetics and anti-aging products. However, contents of biochemical compounds in Artemia spp. and molecular mechanisms of have not been clearly studied in leukemic cells in vitro. In this work, we isolated and purified proteins of Artemia Urmiana. Six clear fractions (A-F) observed on DEAE-cellulose chromatography were assayed for effects on cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis using the human leukemic HL-60 cell line. Cell proliferation analysis by MTT and BrdU assays indicated that did not affect cells, growth. Cells treated with crude extract and fractions A, B and C, but not E and F (up to 100 μg/mL), exhibited increase of cell growth in a dose dependent manner. Stimulatory effects of fraction D were observed at concentrations of 10 μg/ml and above. In nitro blue tetrazolium (NBT) reduction assays, treatment with 100 μg/mL of fraction E or F for 96 hr increased the fraction of differentiated cells up to 14.8 ± 3.56% and 16.5 ± 2.08% respectively. Combination of those fractions with retinoic acid had significant synergistic effects on the differentiation of cells (56.8 ± 3.7% and 67.4 ± 4.2%, p≤0.01). Annexin-V FITC staining for apoptosis and flow cytometric assays indicated induction of apoptosis by fractions E and F up to 23.8 and 31.8% of cells.


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