Ethyl acetate extract of the Mauritian sponge Jaspis sp. induces cell arrest in human promyelocytic leukemia cells

Girish Beedessee, Avin Ramanjooloo, Geneviève Aubert, Laure Eloy, Deepak Arya, Rob W.M. van Soest, Thierry Cresteil*, Daniel E.P. Marie

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Marine sponges are considered as a gold mine of new natural products possessing numerous biological activities. We examined the cytotoxic properties of the ethyl acetate extract (JDE) of the previously unrecorded sponge, Jaspis sp. collected from Mauritius Waters. JDE displayed an interesting IC50 of 0.057±0.04μg/mL on HL-60 cells evaluated by MTS assay. Mitochondrial membrane potential change, microscopic analysis and DNA fragmentation assays also confirmed JDE induced apoptosis on HL-60 cells. Annexin V staining demonstrated that JDE induced apoptosis at different concentrations. Treatment with 100ng/mL of JDE led to an accumulation of cells in G2/M phase after 24 h, causing a significant increase of cells (24h: 5.84%; 48h: 13.41%) in sub-G1 phase suggesting that JDE can induce cell cycle arrest in G2/M phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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