The novel Indole-3-formaldehyde (2-AITFEI-3-F) is involved in processes of apoptosis induction?

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Aim and objectives:

Balancing between Bax and Bcl-2 plays critical roles in both proliferation and self-renewal activation of cancer cells. Indole-3-formaldehyde derivatives limit the growth and facilitate cell death in different cell systems. In this study, we introduced a novel indole derivative (2-AITFEI-3-F) with tendency to facilitate apoptosis in NB4 line in comparison to basal Indole-3-formaldehyde (I3F).


The NB4 cells were cultured in RPMI1640 medium contained 2-AITFEI-3-F and I3F (15.12–1000 μg/mL) for 24, 48 and 72 h. Inhibition of cell proliferation was assessed by trypan blue staining technique and MTT assay. The fold changes of Bax/Bcl-2 expression against β-actin were determined by real-time-PCR technique. Western blotting analysis was also applied for evaluating the expression of Bax and Bcl2 at protein level. Data were analyzed by student t and repeated measure tests. Differences were considered significant if (P < 0.01).


There was a significant difference in cell viability, when various concentrations of 2-AITFEI-3-F (but similar to I3F) were used for 24, 48 and 72 h in comparison to I3F regarding the cellular viability (P < 0.05). Real time PCR and Western blotting analysis indicated that the gene and protein expression level of Bcl-2 down-regulated while Bax was up-regulated in compare to untreated control cells and cells treated with I3F (P < 0.01).


According to these findings, the novel indole derivative 2-AITFEI-3-F probably triggered apoptosis of NB4 cells by modulating Bax/Bcl-2 ratio. Furthermore, the 2-AITFEI-3-F had markedly displayed anti-cancer activity than I3F.

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