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Wenge Chen, Yunlong Cheng, Jianzhong Chen, Jiahang Chen, Kai Jiang, Yuyang Zhou, Lee Jia
Mifepristone (RU486) is developed originally as a contraceptive used by hundreds of millions of women world-wide, and also reported as a safe and long-term psychotic depressant, or as a cancer chemotherapeutic agent used by both sexes. In our preliminary study aimed at developing mifepristone as a cancer metastatic chemopreventive, we coincidentally observed that blood mifepristone concentrations in female rats seem to be higher than those in male ones post administration. To substantiate if the pharmacokinetic differences between sexes exist, we established a fast UPLC-MS/MS method to determine mifepristone concentrations in plasma, and analyzed blood concentrations of mifepristone over time in rats and dogs of both sexes...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Masumeh Sanaei, Fraidoon Kavoosi, Ali Valiani, Mohamed Amin Ghobadifar
Background: One of the main causes of mortality is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) which accounts for the third leading cause of deaths and one in forty deaths worldwide. The flavonoids, natural antioxidant compounds, account for a major group of polyphenolic compounds. One of the major isoflavones in soybean is genistein (GE) which can inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis. Isoflavones, major type of phenolic materials, derived from dietary plants and medicinal herbs play a significant role in cancer prevention and treatment...
2018: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
Sarah Berndt, Mark E Issa, Gilles Carpentier, Muriel Cuendet
The effects of genistein on angiogenesis remain poorly understood. Some studies claim an antiangiogenic effect and others claim a pro-angiogenic one. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine if genistein may exhibit bivalent angiogenic effects. To address this question, genistein angiogenic modulatory effects were examined using an in vitro 3D angiogenesis model using human umbilical vein endothelial cells. In this model, a bivalent effect of genistein was demonstrated on sprouting angiogenesis, with angiogenic stimulation at low concentrations (0...
March 14, 2018: Planta Medica
Dorota Woźniak, Sylwester Ślusarczyk, Krzysztof Domaradzki, Andrzej Dryś, Adam Matkowski
European Pharmacopoeia accepts two equivalent species Solidago canadensis L. and S. gigantea Ait. as Goldenrod (Solidaginis herba). We compared phytochemical profile of both species from invasive populations in Poland. Further, we compared in vitro antimutagenic and antioxidant activities of solvent extracts from aerial (AP) and underground parts (UP). In S. gigantea, flavonoid profile was dominated by quercetin glycosides, with quercitrin as the major compound. In S. canadensis, quercetin and kaempferol rutinosides were two major constituents...
March 14, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Cristina Fernández-García, Lisa Rancan, Sergio D Paredes, César Montero, Mónica de la Fuente, Elena Vara, Jesús A F Tresguerres
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Aging is associated with a deregulation of biological systems that lead to an increase in oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis, among other effects. Xanthohumol is the main preylated chalcone present in hops (Humulus lupulus L.) whose antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive properties have been shown in recent years. In the present study, the possible protective effects of xanthohumol on liver alterations associated with aging were evaluated. METHODS: Male young and old senescence-accelerated prone mice (SAMP8), aged 2 and 10 months, respectively, were divided into four groups: non-treated young, non-treated old, old treated with 1 mg/kg/day xanthohumol, and old treated with 5 mg/kg/day xanthohumol...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
Peng Yin, Guizhen Song, Zhenhua Jiang
PURPOSE: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide with significantly high prevalence in Southern China. Chemoprevention of cancer with alkylating agent compounds could potentially reverse, suppress, or prevent cancer progression. Cisplatin (CIS) is an antineoplastic or cytotoxic platinum-based drug used for chemotherapy of different types of human cancers such as NPC. Nevertheless, the effects of CIS on the migration and invasion of human NPC cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms have not yet been fully scrutinized...
March 14, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Aymeric Monteillier, Pierre-Marie Allard, Katia Gindro, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Muriel Cuendet
Lung cancer is the most lethal form of cancer in the world. Its development often involves an overactivation of the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) pathway, leading to increased cell proliferation, survival, mobility, and a decrease in apoptosis. Therefore, NF-κB inhibitors are actively sought after for both cancer chemoprevention and therapy, and fungi represent an interesting unexplored reservoir for such molecules. The aim of the present work was to find naturally occurring lung cancer chemopreventive compounds by investigating the metabolites of Penicillium vulpinum , a fungus that grows naturally on dung...
March 12, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Poonam Parashar, Meena Rathor, Monika Dwivedi, Shubhini A Saraf
Lung carcinoma is the most common cancer in men and second in women (preceded by breast cancer) worldwide. Around 1 in 10 of all cancers diagnosed in men, lung cancer contributed to a total fraction of 20% cancer deaths. Naringenin (NAR) is well known for its chemopreventive properties since ancient times but lacks an appropriate delivery carrier. The objective of present study was to expand the functionality of naringenin loaded poly caprolactone (PCL) nanoparticles in terms of release, chemoprevention and therapeutics...
March 12, 2018: Pharmaceutics
Mónica Álvarez-Pérez, Wesam Ali, Małgorzata Anna Marć, Jadwiga Handzlik, Enrique Domínguez-Álvarez
Selenium and selenocompounds have attracted the attention and the efforts of scientists worldwide due to their promising potential applications in cancer prevention and/or treatment. Different organic selenocompounds, with diverse functional groups that contain selenium, have been reported to exhibit anticancer and/or chemopreventive activity. Among them, selenocyanates, selenoureas, selenoesters, selenium-containing heterocycles, selenium nanoparticles, selenides and diselenides have been considered in the search for efficiency in prevention and treatment of cancer and other related diseases...
March 10, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Gamal Badr, Halise Inci Gul, Cem Yamali, Amal A M Mohamed, Badr M Badr, Mustafa Gul, Ahmad Abo Markeb, Nagwa Abo El-Maali
Recent developments in the literature have demonstrated that curcumin exhibit antioxidant properties supporting its anti-inflammatory, chemopreventive and antitumoral activities against aggressive and recurrent cancers. Despite the valuable findings of curcumin against different cancer cells, the clinical use of curcumin in cancer treatment is limited due to its extremely low aqueous solubility and instability, which lead to poor in vivo bioavailability and limited therapeutic effects. We therefore focused in the present study to evaluate the anti-tumor potential of curcumin analogues on the human breast carcinoma cell lines MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7, as well as their effects on non-tumorigenic normal breast epithelial cells (MCF-10)...
March 7, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Zhi Jia, Hui Hui Yang, Yun-Jun Liu, Xiu-Zhen Wang
A new series of dibenzoxanthenes 4a-4f were synthesized through the nucleophilic substitution and characterized by NMR and MS spectra. Their antitumor activity was screened by MTT assay. Compounds (except 4b and 4c) displayed strong growth inhibitory effects against chosen five tumor cells under light irradiation. The molecular mechanism of compound-induced cell apoptosis was investigated by AO/EB staining, comet assay, DCFH-DA, JC-1 fluorescent probe, and western blotting. Compounds induced the apoptosis of HepG2 cells and DNA damage...
March 12, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Linbo Gao, David Cheng, Jie Yang, Renyi Wu, Wenji Li, Ah-Ng Kong
Increasing evidence suggests that epigenetic aberrations contribute to the development and progression of cancers such as lung cancer. The promoter region of miR-9-3 was recently found to be hypermethylated in lung cancer, resulting in down-regulation of miR-9-3 and poor patient prognosis. Sulforaphane (SFN), a natural compound that is obtained from cruciferous vegetables, has potent anticancer activities. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of SFN on restoring the miR-9-3 level in lung cancer A549 cells through epigenetic regulation...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Shimaa A Abass, Nabil M Abdel El-Hamid, Tarek K Abouzed, Mamdouh Mohammad El-Shishtawy
This study was conducted to estimate the preventing and sensitizing efficiency of Alpinia officinarum rhizome extract (AORE) in an experimental model of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) +/- cisplatin. HCC was induced by a single intraperitoneal (i.p) dose of diethylnitrosamine (DENA, 200mg/kg). After 14 days, phenobarbitone (PB, 0.05%) was added to drinking water for 14 weeks to promote hepatocarcinogenesis. Cisplatin (CP) was given in a dose of 1.5 mg/kg (i.p), twice a week, alone or with AORE (400 mg/kg daily, orally) for 21 days...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
E Casalone, A Allione, C Viberti, B Pardini, S Guarrera, M Betti, I Dianzani, E Aldieri, G Matullo
Occupational and environmental asbestos exposure is the main determinant of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), however, the mechanisms by which its fibres contribute to cell toxicity and transformation are not completely clear. Aberrant DNA methylation is a common event in cancer but epigenetic modifications involved specifically in MPM carcinogenesis need to be better clarified. To investigate asbestos-induced DNA methylation and gene expression changes, we treated Met5A mesothelial cells with different concentrations of crocidolite and chrysotile asbestos (0...
March 9, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
Riveka Rani, Saroj Arora, Jeevanjot Kaur, Rajesh Kumari Manhas
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress in an intracellular environment created by the accumulation of reactive oxygen species results in oxidative damage to biomolecules which ultimately become a hallmark for severe diseases like cancer, aging, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. METHODS: Various in vitro assays were employed to assess the antioxidant potential of strain, DNA protective activity was demonstrated using DNA nicking assay and cytotoxicity of the extract was evaluated using MTT assay...
March 9, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Piman Pocasap, Natthida Weerapreeyakul, Kanjana Thumanu
The structure of the isothiocyanates (ITCs)-erucin, sulforaphane, erysolin, sulforaphene, and phenethyl isothiocyanate-were assessed as well as their respective in vitro anticancer activity on the hepatocellular carcinoma cell line HepG2. All of these ITCs induced both apoptotic and necrotic cell death. FTIR analysis indicated that the ITCs caused changes in cellular components comparable to vinblastine. Despite no observable effect on DNA, the ITCs all induced generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and suppressed microtubule polymerization...
March 6, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Aditi Jhaveri, Pranali Deshpande, Bhushan Pattni, Vladimir Torchilin
Glioblastomas (GBMs) are highly aggressive brain tumors with a very grim prognosis even after multi-modal therapeutic regimens. Conventional chemotherapeutic agents frequently lead to drug resistance and result in severe toxicities to non-cancerous tissues. Resveratrol (RES), a natural polyphenol with pleiotropic health benefits, has proven chemopreventive effects in all the stages of cancer including initiation, promotion and progression. However the poor physico-chemical properties of RES severely limit its use as a free drug...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Stephanie E Bonn, Matt J Barnett, Mark Thornquist, Gary Goodman, Marian L Neuhouser
The aim of this study was to investigate the association between BMI (kg/m) and prostate cancer risk. BMI is a modifiable lifestyle factor and may provide a unique opportunity for primary prevention of prostate cancer if a causal association exists. Data from 11 886 men from the Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET, 1985-1996 with active follow-up through 2005) comprising current and former heavy smokers were analyzed. CARET was a multicenter randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled chemoprevention trial testing daily supplementation of 30 mg β-carotene+25 000 IU retinyl palmitate for primary prevention of lung cancer...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
Danyang Shen, Xiaoming Yu, Yan Wu, Yuanlei Chen, Gonghui Li, Feng Cheng, Liqun Xia
Retinoic acid X receptors play key roles in tumor cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and angiogenesis via transcriptional regulation. Bexarotene is a specific RXRs agonist which has been granted by FDA approval for the clinical treatment of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL). Its cancer prevention and treatment potentials in various tumors have been under investigation over the past decade. Areas covered: This review summarizes the efficacy and underlying mechanisms of bexarotene for the treatment of multiple cancers based on the launched clinical trials as well as the basic studies...
March 9, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Xiaohong Ruby Xu, George M Yousef, Heyu Ni
Platelets have long been recognized as key players in hemostasis and thrombosis; however, growing evidence suggests that they are also significantly involved in cancer, the second leading cause of mortality worldwide. Preclinical and clinical studies showed that tumorigenesis and metastasis can be promoted by platelets through a wide variety of crosstalk between platelets and cancer cells. For example, cancer changes platelet behavior by directly inducing tumor-platelet aggregates, triggering platelet granule and extracellular vesicle release, altering platelet phenotype and platelet RNA profiles, and enhancing thrombopoiesis...
March 8, 2018: Blood
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