Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
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Food & Nutrition Science Regular Papers
Structure-activity Relationships of Flavonoids and the Induction of Granulocytic- or Monocytic-Differentiation in HL60 Human Myeloid Leukemia Cells
Tohru TAKAHASHIMasuko KOBORIHiroshi SHINMOTOTojiro TSUSHIDA
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1998 Volume 62 Issue 11 Pages 2199-2204

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  The flavones apigenin and luteolin strongly inhibited the growth of HL60 cells and induced morphological differentiation into granulocytes. The flavonol quercetin inhibited the cell growth and induced a differentiation marker, i.e., NBT reducing ability. However quercetin-treated cells were not morphologically differentiated into granulocytes. The chalcone phloretin weakly induced NBT reducing ability and a marker of monocytic differentiation α-naphthyl butyrate esterase activity in the cells. Quercetin and phloretin appeared to induce the differentiation of HL60 cells into monocytes. The proportion of α-naphthyl butyrate esterase-positive cells induced by genistein was less than that of the NBT-positive cells. Some of the nuclei in genistein-treated HL60 cells morphologically changed. Genistein must have induced both granulocytic and monocytic differentiation of HL60 cells. The flavonols galangin and kaempferol, which had fewer hydroxyl group(s) in the B-ring than quercetin, and the flavanone naringenin inhibited the growth but did not induce the differentiation of HL60 cells.

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