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Title: Anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities of some dietary cucurbits
Authors: Sharma, Dhara
Rawat, Indu
Goel, HC
Keywords: Annexin V assay;Apoptosis;Cancer;Cell viability;Caspase-3 assay;Cucurbita pepo;Cucurbitacin-B;IL-8 cytokines;Inflammation;Lagenaria siceraria;Luffa cylindrica;Lymphocytes;Tumor cells
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: In this study, we investigated few dietary cucurbits for anticancer activity by monitoring cytotoxic (MTT and LDH assays), apoptotic (caspase-3 and annexin-V assays), and also their anti-inflammatory effects by IL-8 cytokine assay. Aqua-alcoholic (50:50) whole extracts of cucurbits [Lagenaria siceraria (Ls), Luffa cylindrica (Lc) and Cucurbita pepo (Cp)] were evaluated in colon cancer cells (HT-29 and HCT-15) and were compared with isolated biomolecule, cucurbitacin-B (Cbit-B). MTT and LDH assays revealed that the cucurbit extracts and Cbit-B, in a concentration dependent manner, decreased the viability of HT-29 and HCT-15 cells substantially. The viability of lymphocytes was, however, only marginally decreased, yielding a potential advantage over the tumor cells. Caspase-3 assay revealed maximum apoptosis with Ls while annexin V assay demonstrated maximum efficacy of Lc in this context. These cucurbits have also shown decreased secretion of IL-8, thereby revealing their anti-inflammatory capability. The results have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of dietary cucurbits in inhibiting cancer and inflammatory cytokine.
Page(s): 216-221
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.53(04) [April 2015]

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