Effects of grape cell culture extracts on human topoisomerase II catalytic activity and characterization of active fractions

Jeong Youn Jo, Elvira Gonzalez De Mejia, Mary Ann Lila

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Grape and its cell culture extracts are rich in flavonoids and stilbenes that are biologically active. The objective of this study was to evaluate possible inhibitory effects of grape (a Vitis hybrid Bailey Alicant A) cell culture extract and subfractions on human DNA topoisomerase II catalytic activity and to characterize constituents in the most potent fractions. At 5 μg/mL, grape cell crude extract and Toyopearl (TP) fractions 2-6 provided significantly greater inhibition of topoisomerase II catalytic activity than quercetin, a chemopreventive agent previously known as a topoisomerase catalytic inhibitor. The most potent topoisomerase II catalytic inhibitors from grape cell culture extracts in descending order of potency were TP fractions 4 and 6 (IC50 = 0.28-0.29 μg/mL), TP-3 (IC50 = 0.74 μg/mL), and crude extract (IC50 = 1.02 μg/mL); each was significantly more potent than resveratrol (IC50 = 18.0 μg/mL), another well-known chemopreventive topoisomerase II catalytic inhibitor. Using both high-performance liquid chromatography and liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, constituents in TP-4 and TP-6 were characterized. These constituents included cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside, malvidin-3- acetylglucoside, peonidin-3-coumaryl-5-diglucoside, procyanidin B1, procyanidin B2, procyanidin B5, procyanidin dimer digallate, procyanidin C1, myricetin, and rutin, none of which have been previously characterized from grape cell cultures. The significant potency especially of TP-4 and TP-6 from grape cell cultures suggests that these fractions may have potential as chemopreventive agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2489-2498
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 6 2005


  • Antitopoisomerase II activity
  • Catalytic inhibitor
  • Chemopreventive agents
  • Grape cell culture
  • Human topoisomerase II
  • Vitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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