Assessment of antimitotic and programmed cell death stimulation potentials of Galium sinaicum (Delile ex Decne) Boiss. at the cellular level


  • Shaimaa S. Sobieh Botany Department, Faculty of Women for Art, Science and Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo
  • Dina M. Fahmy Natural Product Unit, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Department, Desert Research Center, Cairo



Galium sinaicum, programmed cell death (PDC) hallmarks, Allium cepa, MCF-7, BHK21, HPLC


Galium sinaicum is a wild medicinal plant in saint Catherine, Egypt. To distinguish apoptotic effect of G. sinaicum ethanol extract (GsEE). The role of GsEE in inducing programmed cell death (PCD) of Allium cepa root meristematic cell(AcR) was examined. Cells was subjected to GsEE in definite concentrations (0.1,0.3, 0.5%) and duration (6, 12h), then PCD induction was assessed. Application of GsEE arrested the mitotic division of AcR with metaphase accumulation. Electron microscopy analysis demonstrated ultrastructural alterations of organelles verifying PCD hallmarks. Protein electrophoresis analysis of AcR revealed a change in protein profile of Allium cepa root, also quantitative analysis showed significant increase in nuclease activity enzymes that stimulated DNA laddering fragmentation. Additionally, cell proliferation of MCF-7 and BHK21 was arrested by GsEE. Apoptotic effect of G. sinaicum may be attributed to the presence of potent phenolic compounds such as querectin and rutin as established by HPLC phenolic fingerprint analysis.


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Sobieh, S. S., & Fahmy, D. M. (2021). Assessment of antimitotic and programmed cell death stimulation potentials of Galium sinaicum (Delile ex Decne) Boiss. at the cellular level. Caryologia, 74(2), 21-35.