Nitric oxide induces apoptosis in mouse C2C12 myoblast cells

Myoung Hwa Lee, Mi Hyeon Jang, Eun Kyung Kim, Sang Wan Han, Seong Yeon Cho, Chang Ju Kim

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To investigate whether nitric oxide (NO) induces apoptosis in myoblast cells, the effect of the sodium nitroprusside (SNP), NO donor, on the apoptosis of mouse C2C12 myoblast cells was examined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, flow cytometry, 4,6-diamidino-2- phenylindole (DAPI) staining, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, DNA fragmentation assay, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blot analysis, and caspase-3 enzyme assay. Mouse C2C12 myoblast cells treated with SNP exhibited several apoptotic features. SNP increased p53 expression and bax expression. SNP also enhanced caspase-3 enzyme activity. The data show that NO may induce apoptotic cell death in myoblast cells through the activation of p53-, bax-, and caspase-dependent intracellular death-related pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-376
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Apoptosis
  • C2C12 myoblast cell
  • Nitric oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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