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Antitumorigenic Activity of a Natural Anti-Cancer Formula in Human Breast Cancer Lines MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7.

Roomi, M.W., Ivanov, V., Rath, M. and Niedzwiecki, A.

Presented at: The 8th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease, Amelia Island, FL, February 13-16, 2003'
Published in: Conference Proceedings

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women. Metastasis potential and invasiveness of breast cancer are attributed to up-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). In the current study, we studied the effect of a natural anti-cancer formula on invasive potential of human breast cancer cell lines.

The natural anti-cancer formula is a specific mixture of lysine, proline, ascorbic acid and epigallocatechin, which we have shown previously that have a very potent synergistic antitumor activity through inhibiting extracellular matix invasion by cancer cells.

In this study we tested a natural anti-cancer formula’s effect on estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) MCF-7 and estrogen-receptor negative (ER-) MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell lines. Metastatic parameters: expression of MMPs by zymography, cellular invasion through Matrigel and proliferation/cytotoxicity by MTT assay were studied. Invasion of MBA-MD-231 through matrigel was inhibited by 50%, 60% and 95% by 10, 50 and 100 ug/ml of a natural anti-cancer formula respectively. A natural anti-cancer formula was not toxic to MDA-MB-231 at 10ug/ml, showed slight toxicity at 100ug/ml.

However, it exhibited significant toxicity at 1000 ug/ml. Neither MMP-2 nor MMP-9 were detected by gelatinase zymography. In contrast, a natural anti-cancer formula was not toxic to MCF-7 at 10, 50, 100 and 500 ug/ml, and exhibited slight toxicity at 1000 ug/ml. Interestingly, MCF-7 was not invasive through Matrigel and did not express any MMP activity. These results suggest that a natural anti-cancer formula is valuable and promising candidate for ER- , MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. Further studies will be required for ER+ , MCF-7 breast cancer cells to determine the efficacy of a natural anti-cancer formula.




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