(--)-epigallocatechin gallate enhances prostaglandin F2alpha-induced VEGF synthesis via upregulating SAPK/JNK activation in osteoblasts.J Cell Biochem. 2007 Apr 01; 100(5):1146-53.JC
Catechin, one of the major flavonoids presented in plants such as tea, reportedly suppresses bone resorption. We previously reported that prostaglandin F(2alpha) (PGF(2alpha)) stimulates the synthesis of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) via p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells. To clarify the mechanism of catechin effect on osteoblasts, we investigated the effect of (--)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the major green tea flavonoids, on the VEGF synthesis by PGF(2alpha) in MC3T3-E1 cells. The PGF(2alpha)-induced VEGF synthesis was significantly enhanced by EGCG. The amplifying effect of EGCG was dose dependent between 10 and 100 microM. EGCG did not affect the PGF(2alpha)-induced phosphorylation of p44/p42 MAP kinase. SB203580, a specific inhibitor of p38 MAP kinase, and SP600125, a specific inhibitor of stress-activated protein kinase/c-Jun N-terminal kinase (SAPK/JNK), reduced the PGF(2alpha)-induced VEGF synthesis. EGCG markedly enhanced the phosphorylation of SAPK/JNK induced by PGF(2alpha) without affecting the PGF(2alpha)-induced phosphorylation of p38 MAP kinase. SP600125 markedly reduced the amplification by EGCG of the SAPK/JNK phosphorylation. In addition, the PGF(2alpha)-induced phosphorylation of c-Jun was amplified by EGCG. These results strongly suggest that EGCG upregulate PGF(2alpha)-stimulated VEGF synthesis resulting from amplifying activation of SAPK/JNK in osteoblasts.