Green tea polyphenol epigallocatechin 3-gallate, contributes to the degradation of DNMT3A and HDAC3 in HCT 116 human colon cancer cells

Vondina R. Moseley, Jay Morris, Rebecca W. Knackstedt, Michael J. Wargovich

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Background: Colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Epigenetic gene silencing involving DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs) plays an important role in the progression of colon cancer. Materials and Methods: In the present study we found that the sensitivity of colon cancer cells to methylation plays a role in its response to alternative therapy involving the green tea polyphenol, epigallocatechin 3-gallate. HDAC and DNMT protein expression were reduced when methylation-sensitive HCT 116 human colon cancer cells was treated with EGCG, but was relatively stable in the HT-29 cell line. This decrease in expression may be partially explained by our finding that DNMT3A and HDAC3 are degraded in the methylation-sensitive colon cancer cells in part by inhibiting their association with the E3 ubiquitin ligase, UHRF1. Conclusion: These findings provide a rationale for the development of a targeted therapy for methylation-sensitive colon cancer that can include EGCG in combination with other DNMT and HDAC inhibitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5325-5334
Number of pages10
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013



  • Colon cancer
  • DNMT3A
  • EGCG
  • Epigallocatechin 3-gallate
  • Epigenetics
  • Green tea
  • HDAC3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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