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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9381513, 8 pages
Research Article

Therapy Effects of Wogonin on Ovarian Cancer Cells

1Cancer Research Institute, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310022, China
2College of Life Science, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310053, China
3Key Laboratory of Diagnosis and Treatment Technology on Thoracic Oncology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310022, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Gu Linhui; ten.haey@ugiuhnil

Received 24 June 2017; Revised 23 August 2017; Accepted 10 September 2017; Published 18 October 2017

Academic Editor: Gang Liu

Copyright © 2017 Jiang Ruibin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Wogonin is a plant monoflavonoid and has been reported to induce apoptosis of cancer cells and show inhibitory effect on cancer cell growth. However, the detailed and underlying molecular mechanisms are not elucidated. In this study, we investigated the molecular and biological effects of wogonin in human ovarian A2780 cancer cells. Materials and Methods. We determined the effects of wogonin on the changes of cell cycling and apoptotic responses of cells. Western blot analysis was used to measure the effects of wogonin on protein expressions. Results. Our results showed that treatment with wogonin inhibited the cancer cell proliferation, decreased the percentage of G0/G1 subpopulation, and reduced invasiveness of A2780 cells. Exposure to wogonin also resulted in downregulated protein levels of estrogen receptor alpha (ER-α), VEGF, Bcl-2, and Akt and increased expressions of Bax and p53. In addition, exposure to wogonin increased caspase-3 cleavage and induced apoptosis in A2780 cells. Our study further showed that MPP, a specific ER-α inhibitor, significantly enhanced antitumor effects of wogonin in A2780 cells. Conclusion. Our results suggest a potential clinical impact of wogonin on management of ovarian cancer.