Cyanidin induces apoptosis and differentiation in prostate cancer cells

  • Authors:
    • Valeria Sorrenti
    • Luca Vanella
    • Rosaria Acquaviva
    • Venera Cardile
    • Salvatore Giofrè
    • Claudia Di Giacomo
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  • Published online on: August 24, 2015
  • Pages: 1303-1310
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Several natural antioxidants, including anthocyanins, have been reported to have chemotherapeutic activity in vivo and in vitro. The aim of the present study was to delineate the anti-proliferative activity and the cytodifferentiation properties mediated by cyanidin-3-O-β-glucopyranoside (C3G) treatment in the DU145 and LnCap human prostatic cancer cell lines. C3G produced anti-proliferative effects through activation of caspase-3 and induction of p21 protein expression. The reduced cell viability was associated with a clear increase of DNA fragmentation in both cell lines after C3G treatment. Since LnCap and DU145 exhibited differences in sensitivity to C3G treatment, the redox state of these cells was further investigated by estimating the levels of ROS and GSH. C3G antioxidant activity was confirmed only in DU145 cell line. Treatment with C3G increased the levels of tumor suppressor P75NGFR, indicating a possible role of C3G in the acquisition of a normal-like cell phenotype. Results reported in the present study demonstrate that C3G, the most abundant anthocyanin in diet, may represent a new approach and highly effective strategy in reducing carcinogenesis. C3G may be considered a new therapeutic agent with both anti-proliferative and pro-differentiation properties.


Cancer is a major public health problem in developed countries and mortality has been increasing, in spite of the enormous amount of research and rapid developments that have proceeded in the past decade. Prostate cancer (PC) is the most common cancer in men aged >50 years. PC represents one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality in Western countries (13) and it is rapidly increasing in Asia (4). Prostate and early-stage PC depend on androgens for growth and survival. However, in advanced stages of PC, growth and development of epithelial cells become refractory to androgen effects and cells grow in an uncontrolled manner (5).

The main treatment of PC remains androgen ablation therapy; however, even though >80% of PC responds to this therapy, almost all of these cases relapse in less than a decade and become refractory to treatment (3). Therefore, prevention of PC is especially important. The field of chemoprevention, using natural substances to prevent cancer, has become increasingly studied in recent years. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been reported to reduce the risk of common types of cancer and may prove useful in cancer prevention. Moreover, since less-differentiated tumors become resistant to a wide variety of cytotoxic drugs, considerable attention has been focused on chemoprevention with natural compounds as a new and alternative approach to cancer control. Epidemiological studies have shown the ability of dietary compounds to act epigenetically against cancer cells and to influence an individual's risk of developing cancer (6). Several natural antioxidants, in particular polyphenols, have been reported to exhibit chemotherapeutic activity both in vivo and in vitro (712).

Differentiation therapy is a recent experimental approach aimed to compel malignant cells to resume the process of maturation, differentiating into more mature or normal-like cells (13,14). Tumor reversion by differentiation inducing compounds seems to be an extremely attractive anticancer therapy. Numerous drugs derive their antitumor activity from the ability to induce apoptosis or differentiation. The first differentiation agent found to be successful was all-trans-retinoic acid in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (15,16). Our previous study demonstrates that ellagic acid, the most prevalent polyphenol in pomegranate, displays anti-proliferative and pro-differentiation properties in two prostate cancer cell lines (17,18).

Several studies have also focused on determining the pharmacological profile of a flavonoid of the anthocyanin class, cyanidin-3-O-β-glucopyranoside (C3G), which is widely spread throughout the plant kingdom and it is present in both fruits and vegetables of human diets (19,20). One of the richest dietary source of C3G is represented by pigmented orange (blood orange) typically growing in Sicily, Italy (21) as well as in Florida (22). In addition, C3G was found in its intact glycosylated form in both plasma and urine in humans and rats after oral intake of fruits (23,24).

Besides showing a remarkable ability to reduce oxidative damage mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS), even more effectively than other natural antioxidants (25,26), C3G seems to be able to induce various modifications in different tumor cell lines and in particular in human colon carcinoma cells in vitro (27), as well as in rat colorectal cancer in vivo (28). It has also been reported that C3G induces differentiation of HL-60 promyelocytic cells into macrophage-like cells and granulocytes (29) and revert human melanoma cells from a proliferating to a differentiated state (30).

In this study, we investigated the effect of C3G on proliferation and differentiation of the androgen-sensitive (LnCap) and of the androgen-independent (DU145) prostate cancer cell lines. To investigate the capacity of C3G to induce differentiation, receptor of nerve growth factor (p75NGFR) levels were evaluated. Anti-carcinogenic properties of C3G were also evaluated by measuring the levels of proteins involved in apoptotic pathway such as caspase-3 and p21. In order to better understand the effects of C3G, DNA fragmentation was monitored by Comet assay. Moreover, since commonly used radio-therapeutic and chemotherapeutic drugs act influencing ROS levels, the ability of C3G to modulate ROS production was also investigated. Finally, given the implication of glutathione in cell growth (31), the hypothesis of its implication in the mechanism of C3G was also tested by measuring levels of non-proteic thiol groups (RSH) as an index of GSH content.

Materials and methods

Cell culture conditions

Human prostate cancer LnCap cells were purchased from American Type Culture Collection (Manassas, VA, USA) and grown in RPMI-1640 medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 0.1% streptomycin-penicillin, 1% L-glutamine, 1% sodium pyruvate and 1% glucose. DU145 cells (human prostate carcinoma, epithelial-like cell line) were purchased from American Type Culture Collection and grown in DMEM supplemented with 10% fetal calf serum (FCS), 0.1% streptomycin-penicillin, 1% L-glutamine and 1% non-essential amino acids. Cells were incubated at 37°C in a 5% CO2 humidified atmosphere and maintained at subconfluency by passaging with trypsin-EDTA (Gibco, NY, USA).

Cell viability

LnCap and DU145 cells were seeded at a concentration of 2×105 cells per well of a 96-well, flat-bottomed 200-μl microplate. Cells were incubated at 37°C in a 5% CO2 humidified atmosphere and cultured for 48 h in the presence and absence of different concentrations (3–200 μM) of C3G (Polyphenols Laboratories, Sandnes, Norway). Four hours before the end of the treatment time, 20 μl of 0.5% 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) was added to each microwell. After incubation with the reagent, the supernatant was removed and replaced with 100 μl DMSO. The amount of formazan produced is proportional to the number of viable cells present. The optical density was measured using a microplate spectrophotometer reader (Thermo Labsystems Multiskan, Milano, Italy) at λ=570 nm. Results are expressed as percentage of viability. Based on these experiments, C3G concentrations of 25, 50 or 100 μM were used in the studies described below.

Lactic dehydrogenase release

Lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was measured spectrophotometrically in the culture medium and in the cell lysates by analyzing the decrease in NADH absorbance at λ=340 nm during the pyruvate-lactate transformation, as previously reported (32). Cells were lysed with 50 mM Tris-HCl and 20 mM EDTA pH 7.4 plus 0.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate, further disrupted by sonication and centrifuged at 13,000g for 15 min. The assay mixture (1 ml final volume) for the enzymatic analysis contained 33 μl of sample (5–10 μg of protein) in 48 mM PBS pH 7.5 plus 1 mM pyruvate and 0.2 mM NADH. The percentage of LDH released was calculated as percentage of the total amount, considered as the sum of the enzymatic activity present in the cell lysate and in the culture medium. The optical density was measured using a Hitachi U-2000 dual beam spectrophotometer (Hitachi, Tokyo, Japan).


Experiments were carried out as described by Sigala et al (33). Specifically DU145, and LnCap cells, both untreated and C3G-treated, were plated on poly-l-lysine-treated coverslips. Forty-eight hours later, cells were fixed for 5 min at −20°C in methanol and washed in PBS. Endogenous peroxidases were inactivated at room temperature for 30 min with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. Cells were permeabilized in PBS containing 10% normal donkey serum and 0.2% Triton X-100 and incubated with a 1:200 dilution of p75NGFR mouse monoclonal antibody (NeoMarkers, Freemont CA, USA). After extensive washes (3 times), the donkey anti-mouse biotinylated secondary antibody (Dako S.p.A., Milano, Italy) was added. Signal detection was carried out with the ABC kit (Dako). Omission of the primary antibody (not shown) and replacement of the primary antibody with goat normal serum were also used to define the non-specific signal.

Western blotting

DU145 and LnCap cells were cultured for 48 h in the presence or absence of different concentrations of C3G and then suspended in 25 mM Tris-buffered saline, pH 8.5, containing 100 mM NaCl (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA), 7 mM mercaptoethanol (Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) and a protease inhibitor cocktail (1:1,000) (Sigma-Aldrich). The pellet was then sonicated for 3 cycles of 5 sec. The whole lysate was collected to evaluate caspase-3 and p21 expression by western blot analysis. Briefly, 50 μg of lysate were loaded on a 10% SDS-PAGE and transferred to a nitrocellulose membrane (Bio-Rad Laboratoires, Hercules, CA, USA). The membranes were blocked with 3% fat-free milk in 10 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.4), 150 mM NaCl and 0.05% TBST buffer, at 4°C for 2 h and then incubated with a 1:1,000 dilution of the primary antibody overnight at room temperature, with constant shaking. Primary polyclonal antibodies directed against caspase-3 and p21 were purchased from Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. (Danvers, MA, USA). The membranes were then washed with TBS and probed with horseradish peroxidase-conjugated donkey secondary anti-mouse and anti-goat IgG at a dilution of 1:5,000. Chemiluminescence detection was performed with the ECL plus detection kit (Amersham, Biosciences Piscataway, NJ, USA) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Western blots were quantified by densitometric analysis performed after normalization with α-tubulin (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA, USA). Results were expressed as arbitrary units (AU).

ROS measurement

Determination of ROS was performed by using a fluorescent probe 2′,7′-dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) as previously described (17). The fluorescence [corresponding to the oxidized radical species 2′,7′-dichlorofluorescein (DCF)] was monitored spectrofluorometrically (excitation, λ=488 nm; emission, λ=525 nm). The total protein content was evaluated for each sample, and the results are reported as percentage increase in fluorescence intensity/mg protein with respect to control (untreated) cells. Protein concentration was measured according to the method described by Bradford (34).

DNA analysis by Comet assay

The presence of DNA fragmentation was examined by single-cell gel electrophoresis (Comet assay) as previously reported (14). Briefly, 0.8–1×105 cells were mixed with 75 μl low melting agarose, 0.5%, and spotted on slides. The ‘minigels’ were maintained in lysis solution (1% N-laurosil-sarcosine, 2.5 M NaCl, 100 mM Na2EDTA, 1% Triton X-100, 10% dimethyl sulfoxide, pH 10.0) for 1 h at 4°C, denatured in a buffer (300 mM NaOH, 1 mM Na2EDTA) for 20 min and finally electrophoresed in the same buffer at 13 V for 60 min. At the end of the run, the minigels were neutralized in 0.4 M Tris-HCl, pH 7.5, stained with 100 μl ethidium bromide (2 μg/ml) for 3 min and scored using a Leika fluorescence microscope (Leika, Wetzlar, Germany) interfaced with computer software (Cayman Sarin, Florence, Italy).

RSH evaluation

Since GSH is the principal and the most abundant non-proteic thiol in mammalian cells, the determination of RSH is indicative of cell GSH content. For RSH determination, DU145 and LnCap cells were cultured for 48 h in the presence or absence of different concentrations of C3G and then washed in PBS. The pellets were then suspended in 0.25 M Tris buffer, containing 20 mM EDTA, pH 8.2.

RSH levels were measured in 200 μl of cell suspension as previously described (35). Briefly, this spectrophotometric assay is based on the reaction of thiol groups with 2,2-dithio-bis-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB) in absolute ethanol to give a colored compound absorbing at λ=412 nm. Since the DTNB method is strongly affected by pH, the possibility of avoiding acids (trichloroacetic or sulfosalicylic acid) to precipitate proteins represents a remarkable advantage to ensure the accuracy of the assay. We then carried out the removal of proteins with an excess of absolute ethanol, followed by centrifugation at 3000 × g for 10 min at room temperature. Each value represents the mean ± SEM of three experimental determinations for each sample. Results were expressed as nanomoles per milligram of protein.

Statistical analysis

Each experiment was repeated at a minimum of three times in triplicate. Statistical analysis was performed by using one-way analysis of variance followed by Dunnett's post hoc test for multiple comparisons with control. All statistical analyses were performed using the statistical software package SYSTAT, version 9 (Systat, Evanston IL, USA). A value of p<0.05 was considered to be statistically significant.


Effect of C3G on cell viability and lactic dehydrogenase release

To investigate the effect of C3G on proliferation of human prostate cancer cell line, a concentration-response graph (3–200 μM) was established using a 48-h exposure time. Two human prostatic cell lines were evaluated for viability using the MTT assay. As seen in Fig. 1, LnCap cells were significantly more sensitive to C3G treatment as compared to DU145. C3G treatment of LnCap decreased cell vitality in a concentration-dependent manner. Under the same experimental conditions C3G displayed no cytotoxic effect against normal human epithelial cells (data not shown).

Based on these results, C3G concentrations of 25, 50 or 100 μM were used for further experiments. LDH release was measured to evaluate the presence of cell necrosis as a result of cell disruption. As seen in Table I, LDH release in treated cell did not differ from controls after C3G exposure to different concentration (25, 50 and 100 μM) for 48 h. Thus suggesting that C3G treatment induced apoptotic cell death.

Table I

Cytotoxicity was determined by the LDH release assay in untreated and treated cultured cancer epithelial cells for 48 h with C3G.a

Table I

Cytotoxicity was determined by the LDH release assay in untreated and treated cultured cancer epithelial cells for 48 h with C3G.a

DU145 (% LDH release)LnCap (% LDH release)
C3G 25 μM13.04±0.2611.32±0.53
C3G 50 μM10.83±0.4413.6±0.02
C3G 100 μM13.12±0.0112.53±0.11

a Values are presented as the mean ± SEM of three different experiments.

Effect of C3G on p75NGFR levels

As previously described in our study, p75NGFR expression is downregulated in less differentiated prostate cancer cell line (14) and may represent a potential tumor suppressor gene in prostate cancer. To validate this hypothesis, the expression of p75NGFR in tumor epithelial cells was studied utilizing a fluorescence microscopy. The level of p75NGFR expression was significantly lower in the less differentiated cancer cell lines (DU145 and LnCap) compared to the hypertrophic cell line BPH-1 (14). Tumor epithelial cells cultured for 48 h in the presence of C3G (25, 50 and 100 μM), showed a significant increase in the green fluorescence intensity (Fig. 2).

Effect of C3G on caspase-3 and p21 expression

To investigate the possibility that activation of caspase-3 and p21 could account for the decrease in cell proliferation and activation of the apoptotic pathway, we assessed the levels of these proteins after 48 h of culture in the presence of C3G at different concentration (25, 50 and 100 μM). Fig. 3 reports immunoblot and densitometric analysis of cleaved caspase-3 and p21 expression in untreated and C3G-treated cells. Our results showed that C3G treatment resulted in activation of caspase-3, as demonstrated by a significant increase of its cleaved form, exclusively in the DU145 cells, whereas p21 expression was increased (p<0.05) only in the C3G-treated LnCap cells. It should be noted that the expression of p21 in the DU145 cell line was not detectable.

Effect of C3G on ROS and RSH levels

Since LnCap and DU145 exhibited differences in sensitivity to C3G treatment, we further investigated the redox state of these cells by estimating ROS and RSH levels under both the control and treated conditions. ROS levels were determined using the fluorescent probe, DCFH-DA. The intensity of fluorescence was proportional to the levels of intracellular oxidant species. As shown in Fig. 4A, LnCap cells displayed a significant increase of basal ROS levels compared to DU145. Results confirmed the ROS-scavenging activity of C3G in DU145 cells, thus causing a dose-dependent decrease of ROS production following C3G treatment. Interestingly, exposure of LnCap cells to both 25 and 50 μM C3G did not affect ROS production, whereas cell treatment with 100 μM resulted in a significant increase in ROS levels compared to the untreated cells. In agreement with lower ROS levels, DU145 cells showed significantly higher basal GSH content than that found in LnCap cells (Fig. 4B). In addition to that, following C3G treatment, DU145 showed a significant (p<0.05) additional increase of GSH levels. C3G had no effect on GSH levels in LnCap cells.

DNA fragmentation induced by treatment with C3G

In order to investigate the capability of C3G to induce DNA damage, the typical Comet assay was performed on DU145 and LnCap after C3G exposure to different concentrations (25, 50 and 100 μM) for 48 h. Results obtained showed that DNA fragmentation is clearly increased in DU145 and LnCap after treatment with C3G.

In fact, the DNA damage is extensive, as indicated by the large comet tail. As seen in Fig. 5, C3G exposure significantly increased DNA damage in a dose-dependent manner.


Chemoprevention involves the administration of natural (8,18) or synthetic agents (36,37) designed to suppress the development or progression of cancer. Since less differentiated tumors become resistant to a wide variety of cytotoxic drugs, considerable attention has focused on chemoprevention with natural compounds as a new and alternative approach to cancer control (38). Epidemiological evidence indicates that polyphenolic compounds in diets are protective against cancer, and C3G is abundant in many fruits such as pigmented orange, berry fruits and grapes. In order to study the anti-proliferative and pro-differentiating properties of C3G, we have chosen two prostate tumor cells, known to have differential chemotherapeutic response, namely, LnCap and DU145. LnCap and DU145 cells were chosen as prostate cancer experimental model, since these cell lines corresponds to different stages of prostate cancer. Indeed, the DU145, an androgen-independent prostate cancer cell line, is considered more invasive and less differentiated as compared to the androgen-dependent prostate cancer cell line LnCap. The loss of androgen receptor (AR), due to promoter methylation, represents an important hallmark of DU145 cell line (39). The growth and development of prostate cancer is initially androgen-dependent and androgen depletion therapy has been extensively explored as a strategy for prostate cancer prevention. Although androgen depletion is a valid strategy for the prevention and therapy of androgen-dependent PC, additional approaches are needed for advanced stages of PC that are androgen-independent. Our study shows that C3G reduced the number of viable prostate cancer cells after 48 h of exposure when compared to the vehicle control cells. Although C3G induced apoptosis in both LnCap and DU145 cells, these latter were much less sensitive than LnCap cells. Evaluation of DNA damage by Comet assay, widely considered a versatile and highly effective tool in bio-monitoring DNA integrity, shows that C3G, both in LnCap and DU145 cells, as shown in other cancer cell lines (40), induced DNA damage as evidenced by large comet tails. In addition, in the present report we demonstrate that C3G treatment exerts pro-apoptotic effects by activating caspase-3 and increasing p21 protein expression. As shown in Fig. 3, C3G induces both caspase-independent and caspase-dependent apoptotic cell death. C3G caused a significant increase of p21 expression, a negative regulator of the cell cycle, only in LnCap cells. In contrast, C3G caused activation of caspase-3 only in DU145 cells. These results suggest an apoptotic cell death, characterized by formation of apoptotic bodies, without an increase in cellular membrane breakage as demonstrated by no significant changes in LDH release observed in C3G-treated cells when compared to untreated cells. It should be noted that, while LnCap cells highly express p21, this protein is downregulated in DU145 cells. Cell cycle inhibitor p21 has been identified as one of the effector proteins upregulated by AR in order to achieve its tumor suppressor function. AR mRNA and protein levels detected in DU145 cell line are much lower than LnCap, an AR-positive cell line (39). Furthermore, DU145 cells are not able to engage AR to drive the expression of p21 and subsequently induce growth inhibition (41). DU145 cells lack necessary cofactors in order to achieve AR tumor suppressor. This may explain why DU145 are more resistant to C3G treatment.

The present study also demonstrates the possibility of modulating the growth of tumor cells through a new strategy. Cancer is a reversible state characterized by altered maturation in which the transformed phenotype can be suppressed by cytostatic agents and by the pharmacological induction of differentiation towards a benign form. Thus, compounds like polyphenols, capable of inducing differentiation (14,42) may represent potential chemotherapeutic agents. We show for the first time that C3G, the most abundant anthocyanin in diet, inhibits cell growth/cell viability resulting in the reversion of both LnCap and DU145 cells from a proliferating to a differentiated state. Analysis of p75NGFR expression showed that it is decreased in PC and that the extent of p75NGFR loss is related to PC progression (43). Thus, p75NGFR has been proposed as a tumor suppressor molecule that mediates the anti-proliferative effects of NGF. Our data show that C3G treatment increases p75NGFR expression, confirming the role of C3G in the acquisition of a normal-like cell phenotype.

ROS are known to be associated with many diseases by activating different signaling transductional/transcriptional pathways. Regardless of the mechanism, altered production of radical species may either sustain the life of tumor or cause its death. ROS are associated not only with initiation, but also with promotion and progression in the multistage carcinogenesis mode (44). Cancer cells often exhibit a high level of intrinsic oxidative stress due to an increased formation of ROS. In light of the important role of ROS in tumor progression, we measured the levels of ROS in both DU145 and LnCap cell lines. Our results indicate that the anti-proliferative/cytotoxic activity exhibited by C3G was sustained by decreased endocellular ROS level in DU145 cells confirming the scavenging activity of C3G. On the other hand, surprisingly, C3G increased ROS levels in LnCap cells, but only at the highest concentration, suggesting that the same compound act differently in two different stages of prostate cancer. Cells employ many enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants to counter the effect of ROS and to rebalance cell homeostasis. One of the most versatile protectors of such antioxidants is GSH. GSH performs several important physiological functions such as inactivation of oxygen-derived highly reactive species, detoxification of various types of xenobiotics and maintenance of the oxidative status of other antioxidants. The GSH content in cancer cells is particularly relevant in regulating mutagenic mechanisms, DNA synthesis, growth, and multidrug and radiation resistance. Cancer cell lines containing low GSH levels have been demonstrated to be much more sensitive than control cells to the effect of irradiation (45). Elevated GSH levels are observed in many malignant cells, and this makes the neoplastic tissues more resistant to chemotherapy (31). This is further confirmed by the fact that DU145 cells show significantly higher basal RSH content than that found in LnCap cells suggesting a reducing type of redox environment in DU145 cells compared to that of LnCap. The slight reduction in RSH observed in LnCap cells and its significant increase in DU145 cells further supports the results obtained by measuring ROS. An attractive hypothesis to explain the different RSH levels found in the present study might be just related to the higher replication rate of more malignant cells. Intracellular GSH levels fluctuate throughout the cell cycle depending on the phase of the cell cycle; elevated intracellular GSH levels have been observed upon cell cycle entry, followed by a significant reduction during M phase (46). Whether such differential cellular responses are cell type specific or related to alterations in mechanisms involved in GSH homeostasis are interesting questions that warrant further study. In conclusion, induction of apoptosis and differentiation are two promising cancer prevention strategies, as well as therapy. C3G has drawn increasing attention because of its potential anticancer properties but little is known about the effects of C3G on prostate cancer. We demonstrate that C3G, the most abundant anthocyanin in diet, displays anti-proliferative and pro-differentiation properties in two different prostate cancer cell lines. Our results provide a new perspective in the development of novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of PC through consumption of C3G in an appropriate cancer prevention diet. It should be noted that, C3G is active at concentrations corresponding to those achieved with food intake (range of μM) and without any toxicity for non-tumorigenic cells.



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Sorrenti V, Vanella L, Acquaviva R, Cardile V, Giofrè S and Di Giacomo C: Cyanidin induces apoptosis and differentiation in prostate cancer cells. Int J Oncol 47: 1303-1310, 2015
Sorrenti, V., Vanella, L., Acquaviva, R., Cardile, V., Giofrè, S., & Di Giacomo, C. (2015). Cyanidin induces apoptosis and differentiation in prostate cancer cells. International Journal of Oncology, 47, 1303-1310.
Sorrenti, V., Vanella, L., Acquaviva, R., Cardile, V., Giofrè, S., Di Giacomo, C."Cyanidin induces apoptosis and differentiation in prostate cancer cells". International Journal of Oncology 47.4 (2015): 1303-1310.
Sorrenti, V., Vanella, L., Acquaviva, R., Cardile, V., Giofrè, S., Di Giacomo, C."Cyanidin induces apoptosis and differentiation in prostate cancer cells". International Journal of Oncology 47, no. 4 (2015): 1303-1310.