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Quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis via enhancement of oxidative stress in human colorectal cancer SW620 cells

  • Authors:
    • Yali Zhang
    • Yucheng Guo
    • Mimi Wang
    • Huanhuan Dong
    • Jingfang Zhang
    • Liyu Zhang
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  • Published online on: October 17, 2017
  • Pages:3319-3326
  • Copyright: © Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Finding effective strategies against colorectal cancer (CRC) is still an emergent health problem. In the present study, we investigated the anticancer activity of quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves (QTL) and explored the underlying mechanism in human CRC cell line SW620. The cells were treated with various concentrations of QTL and the cytotoxic effects of QTL were determined using the MTT assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle status were detected by flow cytometry. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and mitochondrial membrane potential (∆Ψm) were assessed using DCF-DA and JC-1 fluorescence spectrophotometry, respectively. Western blot analysis was used to quantify the expression of apoptosis‑related proteins. RT-PCR was applied to determine the mRNA levels of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and catalase (CAT). QTL exhibited growth inhibitory effects and caused cell cycle arrest in the G2/M phase, which was accompanied by increased expression of p53 and p21 proteins. QTL promoted apoptosis which was consistent with the upregulated expression of Bax, cytochrome c, caspase-9, Apaf-1 and caspase-3. In addition, QTL induced the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and triggered ROS generation, as revealed by the downregulated mRNA expression and enzymatic activity of GPx and CAT. Furthermore, both N‑acetyl cysteine (NAC) and GSH attenuated the QTL-induced growth inhibition observed in SW620 cells along with the increase of ROS levels. These findings revealed that QTL inhibited the growth of CRC cells and facilitated apoptosis by enhancing oxidative stress. QTL may therefore have potential for use in CRC chemotherapy.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer and the fourth leading cause of cancer mortality (1). Therefore, finding strategies to combat CRC is still an emergent health problem. Phytochemicals can inhibit CRC by disrupting multiple mechanisms that are central to cancer progression (2,3). Flavonoids are one of the most numerous and widely distributed family of phytochemicals in different types of vegetables and fruits. Compared with conventional anticancer drugs, plant-derived flavonoids have an extra margin of safety since they show only marginal toxicity even at relatively high concentrations (2,3).

Leaves of Toona sinensis (T. sinensis) M.Roem., a popular vegetable in China, were reported to have various biologically activated effects including antioxidative (46), anticancer (79), anti-inflammatory (1012) and anti-hyperglycemic (13,14). Crude water extracts of T. sinensis leaves have been shown to inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis of a number of human cancers, including lung adenocarcinoma (A549) cells (15), human SKOV3 ovarian cancer cell lines (16), HL-60 leukemia cells (8,17,18), H661 lung (19) and cervical carcinoma HeLa cells (20), HepG liver cancer (21) and MCF-7 breast cancer cell (21), and prostate cancer cells (22). Antiproliferative effects on Caco-2 human colon cancer cells have also been reported (21). Although T. sinensis leaves have been used medicinally for a long time, its effects are still not fully understood.

A previous study demonstrated that T. sinensis leaf extracts are rich in active ingredients such as flavonoids, volatile oils and alkaloids (17). The major identified flavonoids in QTL are quercetrin, kaempferol-3-O-α-L-rhamopyranoside, astragalin, quercetin, kaempferol, methyl and ethyl gallate, and 1,2,3,4,6-penta-O-galloyl-β-D-glucopyranose (4,17). The present study was undertaken to evaluate the growth-inhibitory and apoptosis-inducing effects of QTL and the probable molecular mechanisms in the SW620 human CRC cell line.

Materials and methods


Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) 2′,7′-dichlorofluorescin diacetate (DCFH-DA), N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and glutathione (GSH) were obtained from Sigma (St. Louis, MO, USA), and fetal bovine serum (FBS) was purchased from Gibco (Paisley, UK). 5,5,6,6-Tetrachloro-1,1,3,3-tetraethylbenzimidazolyl carbocyanine iodide (JC-1) were purchased from Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology (Shanghai, China). The commercially available assay kits used detect the content of malondialdehyde (MDA), and the activity of SOD, GPx and CAT were purchased from the Institute of Jiancheng Biological Engineering (Nanjing, China). The primers for superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and catalase (CAT) were designed and synthesized by Takara Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (Dalian, China). Reagents, such as enzymes, co-factors and nucleotides for internal standard construction and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) were obtained from Takara Biotechnology Co., Ltd. Rabbit anti-active p53, p21, Bax, cytochrome c, caspase-9, Apaf-1 and caspase-3 polyclonal antibodies were purchased from Cell Signaling Technologies (Beverly, MA, USA) and β-actin antibodies were purchased from Santa Cruz Biotechnology (Santa Cruz, CA, USA). Other chemicals were analytical grade.

Preparation of QTL

Leaves of T. sinensis were collected in Shaanxi Province (China), in August 2015 and authenticated by experts in the College of Forestry, Northwest A&F University (Shaanxi, China). T. sinensis leaves (50 g) were cut into pieces of ~2 cm in width and were dried. The leaves were then soaked in a 70% ethanol solvent (1:10, w/v) for 2.5 h and were sonicated in an ultrasonic bath at 200 kHz at 55°C for 45 min. The samples were then filtered through a 0.45 µm microporous membrane (Shanghai Wanzi Shiye Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China). The filtrate was collected, and the solid was extracted two additional times using the same volume of fresh solvent. The combined solutions were concentrated and dried using a rotary evaporator. The dried crude extract was added to distilled water and defatted with petroleum ether and ethyl acetate. The ethyl acetate fractions of T. sinensis leaves, eluted with EtOAc MeOH (8:1), were further separated and purified by capillary electrophoresis using silica gel column chromatography to yield quercetrin. QTL was concentrated and dried using a rotary evaporator.

QTL was dissolved in DMSO immediately before use, and the final concentration of DMSO did not exceed 0.1% (v/v) in any of the experiments. Concentrations of QTL ranged from 12.5–400 µg/ml. DMSO at 0.1% was used as a control. All determinations were performed in triplicate.

Cell culture

SW620 cells were maintained in DMEM supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated FBS, 100 U/ml penicillin and 100 µg/ml streptomycin (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) in a humidified 5% CO2 incubator at 37°C. The medium was changed every 48 h. SW620 cells were cultured in 24- or 96-well plates.

Cell viability

The cell survival rate was quantified using a colorimetric MTT assay. Briefly, aliquots (20 µl) of the 2.5 mg/ml MTT stock solution were pipetted into each well, and the plate was incubated at 37°C in a humidified 5% CO2 incubator. After 4 h, the medium was removed, and DMSO (200 µl) was added to each well to dissolve the formazan. The optical density of each well was assessed 10 min later at 570 nm by a spectrophotometer (Tecan Infinite M200 PRO; Tecan, Männedorf, Switzerland).

Flow cytometric analysis of the cell cycle

Cell suspensions (0.5–1×105/ml) were prepared by trypsinization and washed twice with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Τhe cells were then fixed with 70% ethanol at 4°C and resuspended in PBS containing 0.25 mg/ml of RNase A (Thermo Fisher Scientific). The suspension was incubated for 30 min at 37°C, and then the cells were labeled with propidium iodide (PI) (50 µg/ml). The total DNA content was quantified by fluorescence using a Becton-Dickinson (BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA, USA) FACS flow cytometer.

Flow cytometric analysis for apoptosis

Prepared SW620 cells (1×106/ml) were washed twice with cold PBS, and then re-suspended gently in 500 µl binding buffer. Thereafter, the cells were stained in 5 µl Annexin V-FITC and well shaken. Finally, 5 µl PI was added to these cells and incubation for 20 min in a dark place followed. Subsequently, the cells were analyzed by FACS flow cytometer, Becton-Dickinson (BD Biosciences).

Western blotting

Cell lysates (30 µg of total protein) were analyzed on 8–12% SDS-PAGE under a gradient concentration. The proteins were transferred to an immunoblot polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane (Millipore, Billerica, MA, USA), which was blocked with 5% skim milk in TBS containing 0.1% Tween-20 (TBS-T) for 1 h. Subsequently, the primary monoclonal antibodies were added to the TBS-T at a 1:1,000 dilution and were incubated for 1 h. Primary antibody bindings were detected using a secondary antibody conjugated to horseradish peroxidase and enhanced using an enhanced chemiluminescence (ECL) assay kit (Amersham Pharmacia Biosciences, Buckinghamshire, UK) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Chemiluminescence was imaged on a FujiFilm LAS-3000 system (FujiFilm, Tokyo, Japan). The basal levels of proteins were normalized to the level of β-actin protein.

Assessment of the mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm)

The mitochondrial membrane potential (∆Ψm) was analyzed by fluorescence spectrophotometry using a JC-1 dye. In brief, SW620 cells were stained with 5 mM JC-1 at 37°C for 20 min in 5% CO2. The cells were pelleted by centrifugation (5,000 rpm for 5 min at 4°C), and then resuspended in PBS. The JC-1 fluorescence of the cell suspensions and PBS controls were assessed in triplicate in Costar 96-well plates using a microplate reader [Ex/Em (green)/(red): 485/538/590 nm] (Tecan Infinite M200 PRO). FL2/FL1 ratios were then calculated. Each well was scanned by measuring the intensity of each 25-square grid (of a 1 mm2 area), which was arranged in a 5×5 rectangular array (bottom scanning). A higher red-to-green ratio indicated a more polarized or more negative and hyperpolarized mitochondrial inner membrane.

Assessment of intracellular ROS level

Cellular ROS level was assessed using the dichlorofluorescein assay. Cells were collected and incubated with 100 µM DCF-DA (dissolved in DMSO) for 30 min at 37°C. Then, the cells were washed three times with PBS (pH 7.4) and the relative levels of fluorescence were quantified on a spectrophotofluorimeter (Tecan Infinite M200 PRO). The measured fluorescence values were expressed as a percentage of the fluorescence in control cells.

Assays on the content of MDA and the activity of GPx, SOD and CAT

The content of MDA and the activity of SOD, GPx and CAT were determined by commercially available assay kits following the manufacturer's protocols. The level of lipid peroxidation was indicated by the amount of MDA in the cells as assayed using the thiobarbituric acid reactions (TBARS). The absorbance was read at 548 nm. The CAT activity was determined by measuring the decrease in absorbance at 405 nm due to the degradation of H2O2. The SOD activity was spectrophotometrically determined at 550 nm, indicating the inhibition of the oxidation of oxymine by the xanthine/xanthine oxidase system. The GPx activity was assayed by quantifying the oxidation rate of glutathione to oxidized glutathione by H2O2 at 412 nm. The protein concentration was assessed using the BCA protein assay kit (Pierce, Rockford, IL, USA) with BSA as a standard.

Quantitative RT-PCR analysis

Cells were washed in ice-cold PBS, and RNA was extracted using TRIzol reagent (BioTeke Corporation, Beijing, China) as described by the manufacturer. cDNA was synthesized from mRNA using a PrimeScript™ RT reagent kit, followed by RT-PCR using a SYBR Premix Ex Taq™ reagent kit (both from Takara, Dalian, China) and the ABI PRISM 7500 sequence detection system (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA). The reactions were performed with the following cycling conditions: 95°C for 30 sec, followed by 40 cycles of 95°C for 5 sec and 56°C for 30 sec. β-actin was used as a housekeeping gene for normalization. All experiments were repeated at least three times. The relative change in gene expression was analyzed using the 2−ΔΔCt method. The sequences for the RT-PCR primers were as follows: primers for SOD were: 5′-CTTTGTTGCCGTGCGATG-3′ (forward) and 5′-CTAACCCCGTGAATGGACAGA-3′ (reverse); GPx, 5′-CCTCTAAACCTACGAGGGAGGAA-3′ (forward) and 5′-GGGAAACTCGCCTTGGTCT-3′ (reverse); primers for CAT, 5′-TCCAAGGCAAAGGTATTTGAGCA-3′ (forward) and 5′-CAACGAGATCCCAGTTACCATCTT C-3′ (reverse); primers for β-actin, 5′-CATCCGTAAAGACCTCTATGCCAA C-3′ (forward) and 5′-ATGGAGCCACCGATCCACA-3′ (reverse).

Statistical analysis

All data are expressed as the means ± SD of at least three independent determinations for each experiment. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS version 13.0 (SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). A one-way ANOVA with Duncan's multiple range test was used to examine differences between groups. P<0.05 was considered significant.


Cell growth inhibition and morphological changes

The growth inhibitory potential of QTL (12.5–400 µg/ml) in SW620 human CRC cells at different time-points after addition (24, 48 and 96 h) is shown in Fig. 1A. Treatment with QTL exhibited significant growth inhibition in a dose- and time-dependent manner. The results clearly revealed that when SW620 cells were treated with QTL for a prolonged period (96 h), the IC50 values were the lowest (75.11 µg/ml). By contrast, when the cells were treated with QTL for a short time (24 and 48 h), the IC50 values were higher (198.21 and 112.55 µg/ml, respectively).

When the cells were treated with different concentrations of QTL for 48 h, morphological changes of SW620 cells were marked (Fig. 1B). The cells treated with 50 µg/ml of QTL exhibited swelling, shrinkage accompanied by rounding of cells, and membrane blebbing. Cells incubated with 100 µg/ml of QTL shrunk and exhibited disrupted intercellular contacts. In the group treated with 200 µg/ml of QTL, the cells were binucleated and the majority of the cells were detached from the wells, indicating cell death.

Analysis of cell cycle and apoptosis status

SW620 cells were exposed to QTL (50, 100 and 200 µg/ml) for 48 h, then washed, harvested and analyzed by flow cytometry. A dose-dependent increase of cells in the G2/M phase indicated the induction of a G2/M phase arrest (Fig. 2A and B). Western blot analysis revealed that QTL increased the p53 and p21 protein expression levels compared with the control groups (Fig. 2C and D), which was in accordance with the results of the cell cycle analysis.

As shown in Fig. 3A, untreated cells did not exhibit any significant signs of apoptosis, whereas the cells became apoptotic after treatment with 50, 100 and 200 µg/ml QTL for 48 h, with apoptotic populations encompassing ~10.2, 11.5 and 24.0% of the total, respectively (Fig. 3A). The protein levels of apoptosis markers Bax, cytochrome c caspase-9, Apaf-1 and caspase-3 exhibited a significant (P<0.01 in all cases) increase after treatment with 200 µg/ml of QT compared with their respective expression levels in the control groups (Fig. 3B-G). Our results therefore revealed that the QTL-induced apoptotic response may be mediated by a mitochondrial-dependent apoptotic pathway.

Analysis of oxidative stress markers

Alteration of the mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) in the apoptotic cells was determined by JC-1 fluorescence, and the results revealed a dose-dependent decrease in the membrane potential (Fig. 4A). SW620 cells treated with QTL (Fig. 4B) also exhibited a significant (P<0.01) increase of intracellular ROS production in a dose-dependent manner (48 h) as compared to the control cells, indicating ROS-mediated apoptosis in these cells. The MDA level was markedly increased by QTL (P<0.01 for all doses; Fig. 4C). After incubation with 50, 100 and 200 µg/ml of QTL for 48 h respectively, the expression of CAT and GPx mRNAs was markedly decreased (P<0.01), while the changes in the expression of SOD mRNA were non-significantly (P>0.05) changed (Fig. 4D-F). Similarly, treatment with 25–100 µg/ml of QTL elicited no changes in the activity of SOD in SW620 cells (Fig. 4I). Notably, a significant decrease of GPx (P<0.01; Fig. 4G) and CAT (P<0.01; Fig. 4H) activities was observed after the treatment of SW620 cells with 50 and 100 µg/ml of QTL for 48 h, respectively.

Effects of QTL in combination with NAC or GSH on cell viability and oxidative stress markers in SW620 cells

SW620 cells were pretreated with 5 mM NAC (a ROS scavenger) and 1 mM GSH (an antioxidant) and then exposed to 200 µg/ml of QTL for 24 h. The previously observed decrease of cell viability in SW620 cells elicited by QTL was markedly (P<0.01) reversed by NAC or GSH compared to cells treated with QTL only, whereby NAC treatment only insignificantly (P>0.05) affected cell viability (Fig. 5A). Pretreatment with both NAC and GSH also partially abrogated the QTL-mediated increase of ROS levels (P<0.01), while it had only an insignificantly (P>0.05) effect on the QTL-mediated loss of ΔΨm (Fig. 5C). In addition, treatment with QTL partially (P<0.05 in both cases) reversed the changes of GPx mRNA expression level and its activity (Fig. 5D and E). The pretreatment with both NAC and GSH also significantly (P<0.01 in both cases) increased the mRNA expression level and enzyme activity of CAT after pretreatment with both NAC and GSH (Fig. 5F and G). As shown in Fig. 5H and I, QTL significantly increased apoptosis (P<0.01) in SW620 cells, whereas QTL pretreatment with both NAC and GSH markedly decreased (P<0.01 in both cases) the apoptosis rate. Overall, these data demonstrated that QTL-induced apoptosis in SW620 cells was mediated by the oxidative stress pathway.


Our data demonstrated that quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves (QTL) significantly decreased the viability of the SW620 human colorectal cancer cell line, caused cell cycle arrest in the G2/M phase and induced apoptosis. Cell cycle arrest and apoptosis are common phenomena after DNA-damaging treatment. It was reported that aqueous extracts from the leaves of T. sinensis arrested SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells at the G2/M phase and induced the apoptotic pathway (16). Cell cycle arrest or apoptosis in response to DNA damage was mediated primarily by transcription factor p53 (23). Moreover, p21 is a very important checkpoint gene in the cell cycle, and it is also regulated by the transcription of p53. Our findings are consistent with previous studies demonstrating that QTL increased the expression level of p53 and p21 proteins (24). Those results revealed that the QTL-induced inhibition of SW620 cell growth was partially due to the induction of G2/M arrest. Apoptosis is an ordered and orchestrated cellular event by which cells undergo inducible non-necrotic cellular suicide and thus it plays a crucial role in preventing carcinogenesis (25). Various phytochemicals induce apoptosis and change the morphology of cancer cells due to their pro-apoptotic activity, and consequently they are used for cancer prevention and cancer chemotherapy (26). In the present study, QTL was able to induce apoptosis in the SW620 cells in a dose-dependent manner, as was demonstrated by flow cytometric analysis. The tumor-suppressor p53 has been revealed to differentially regulate Bcl-2 and Bax levels both in vitro and in vivo (27). Using western blotting, increases in the protein levels of the apoptosis markers Bax, cytochrome c caspase-9, Apaf-1 and caspase-3 were detected indicating that QTL-induced apoptosis of SW620 was tightly associated with the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway.

Mitochondria are key organelles crucial for cell survival, and are conversely a source of ROS during apoptosis. The loss of ΔΨm is often, but not always observed to be associated with the early stages of apoptosis (28). The collapse of this potential is believed to coincide with the opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pores, leading to the release of cytochrome c into the cytosol. In the cytoplasm, cytochrome c combines with caspase-9, Apaf-1 and dATP to form the apoptosome complex which in turn activates caspase-9, −3 and −7. ROS have been implicated as a second messengers in multiple signaling pathways and can play a significant role in the process of apoptosis by regulating the activity of certain enzymes involved in the cell death pathway (29). In cancer cells, ROS initiates cell transformation by causing alterations during DNA replication (30). Moreover, enhancement of ROS production has long been associated with the apoptotic response induced by anticancer agents (3133). Several natural compounds, such as phenolic phytochemicals used for cancer treatment have been shown to decrease the ΔΨm leading to the increased generation of intracellular ROS and apoptosis (31). Similar results were observed in the present study when SW620 colorectal cancer cells were treated with QTL. Our findings along with other studies, therefore revealed that QTL acts as an antiproliferative agent via the overproduction of ROS and the loss of ΔΨm.

Furthermore, previous in vitro anticancer studies of anticancer agents revealed that the increased ROS levels in primary cancer cells were associated with a decrease of antioxidants, such as SOD, GPx and catalase (CAT) (34). It is also known that many types of human cancer cells can exist in a highly oxidative state due to the decreased levels of protective antioxidant enzymes as compared to their normal tissue counterparts (35). Natural phytochemicals are known to deplete intracellular GSH and increase intracellular ROS to a level that can cause cell death (36,37). In the present study, treatment with QTL significantly decreased the mRNA expression and activity of CAT and GPx in the SW620 cells.

Previous studies demonstrated that leaf extracts of Toona sinensis are cytotoxic to DU145 prostate cancer cells, due to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondria-mediated apoptosis, which was reversed by the antioxidants CAT and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) (22). The present study also investigated the effects of NAC (a well-known antioxidant and a precursor of GSH biosynthesis) or GSH on QTL-treated SW620 cells. Treatment with only NAC did not significantly affect cell viability, ΔΨm and mRNA expression of CAT and GSH in SW620 cells. However, NAC significantly mitigated QTL-induced cytotoxicity and ROS production, which was accompanied by the decrease of CAT and GPx mRNA expression in these cells. Treatment with only GSH slightly decreased the reduction of cell viability, and did not enhance ROS levels in SW620 cells. However, it should be noted that GSH significantly mitigated the reduction of cell viability, the increase of ROS levels and the decrease of CAT and GPx activity, as well as the apoptosis rate in QTL-treated SW620 cells. Therefore, our results support the notion that QTL-induced apoptotic cell death in the SW620 cancer cell line was mediated by the excessive generation of ROS.

In conclusion, we present evidence for the first time that QTL has a potential role in suppressing human colorectal cancer via inhibition of tumor cell proliferation, induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis and enhancement of oxidative stress, providing a therapeutic strategy for human colorectal cancer treatment.


The present study was financed by the Special Fund for Forest Scientific Research in the Public Welfare (201304811), by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31101266), and by the Scientific and Technical Foundation of Shaanxi Province (2014JM41005).





colorectal cancer


quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves


reactive oxygen species


mitochondrial membrane potential




superoxide dismutase


glutathione peroxidase




N-acetyl cysteine


Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium


dimethyl sulfoxide


reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction


3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide


2′,7′-dichlorofluorescin diacetate


fetal bovine serum


5,5′,6,6/−tetra'hloro-1,1/,3,3/−tetraethylbenzimidazolyl carbocyanine iodide





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Volume 38 Issue 6

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Zhang, Y., Guo, Y., Wang, M., Dong, H., Zhang, J., & Zhang, L. (2017). Quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis via enhancement of oxidative stress in human colorectal cancer SW620 cells. Oncology Reports, 38, 3319-3326.
Zhang, Y., Guo, Y., Wang, M., Dong, H., Zhang, J., Zhang, L."Quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis via enhancement of oxidative stress in human colorectal cancer SW620 cells". Oncology Reports 38.6 (2017): 3319-3326.
Zhang, Y., Guo, Y., Wang, M., Dong, H., Zhang, J., Zhang, L."Quercetrin from Toona sinensis leaves induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis via enhancement of oxidative stress in human colorectal cancer SW620 cells". Oncology Reports 38, no. 6 (2017): 3319-3326.