Composition of Lycium barbarum polysaccharides and their apoptosis-inducing effect on human hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells

  • Qian Zhang Tianjin University of Science & Technology
  • Xiaoling Lv
  • Tao Wu
  • Qian Ma
  • Anguo Teng
  • Ying Zhang
  • Min Zhang


Background: Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) is a natural functional component that has a variety of biological activities. The molecular structures and apoptosis-inducing activities on human hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells of two LBP fractions, LBP-d and LBP-e, were investigated.

Results: The results showed that LBP-d and LBP-e both consist of protein, uronic acid, and neutral sugars in different proportions. The structure of LBP was characterized by gas chromatography, periodate oxidation, and Smith degradation. LBP-d was composed of eight kinds of monosaccharides (fucose, ribose, rhamnose, arabinose, xylose, mannose, galactose, and glucose), while LBP-e was composed of six kinds of monosaccharides (fucose, rhamnose, arabinose, mannose, galactose, and glucose). LBP-d and LBP-e blocked SMMC-7721 cells at the G0/G1 and S phases with an inhibition ratio of 26.70 and 45.13%, respectively, and enhanced the concentration of Ca2+ in the cytoplasm of SMMC-7721.

Conclusion: The contents of protein, uronic acid, and galactose in LBP-e were much higher than those in LBP-d, which might responsible for their different bioactivities. The results showed that LBP can be provided as a potential chemotherapeutic agent drug to treat cancer.

Keywords: Lycium barbarum polysaccharide; structure; apoptosis; cell cycle; [Ca2+]i; hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells 

(Published: 11 November 2015)

Citation: Food & Nutrition Research 2015, 59: 28696 -


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Zhang Q., Lv X., Wu T., Ma Q., Teng A., Zhang Y., & Zhang M. (2015). Composition of <em>Lycium barbarum</em&gt; polysaccharides and their apoptosis-inducing effect on human hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells. Food & Nutrition Research, 59.
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