Background. Overexpression of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) cDNA via plasmid transfection leads to growth inhibition in vitro and in vivo in various human cancers. Polyphenolic compounds such as catechin isolated from tea bush Camellia sinensis has been shown to have anticancer effect in vitro. This study evaluated the effect of catechin on the MnSOD activity and mRNA level of pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12). Methods. PC-12 cells were incubated with different concentrations of catechin at short-term (2 days) and long-term (7 days) in Dulbecco modified Eagle medium. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) was measured and its mRNA was assayed by Northern blotting. Results. After incubation for 2 days, catechin slightly but significantly increased the activity of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD). However, it did not show any significant effect at 7 days. The MnSOD activity showed significant changes in both short-term and long-term. The amount of mRNA also showed similar changes. Conclusions. Catechin is a natural antioxidant which has been shown to have antitumor effect in basic and epidemiological studies. The present data suggest that catechin can increase MnSOD gene expression in PC-12, which might have beneficial effect in tumor prevention.

Translated title of the contribution茶葉中兒茶素對嗜鉻性細胞瘤細胞之超氧化物岐化酶活性及其基因表現的作用
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-143
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Medical Journal (Taipei)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Catechin
  • Manganese superoxide dismutase
  • mRNA
  • Pheochromocytoma cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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