Terminalia catappa (Herb) is Chemopreventive (Rats) Colon

Modifying effects of Terminalia catappa on azoxymethane-induced colon carcinogenesis in male F344 rats.

Morioka, T 1; Suzui, M 1; Nabandith, V 1; Inamine, M 1; Aniya, Y 2; Nakayama, T 3; Ichiba, T 4; Yoshimi, N 1


The modifying effects of dietary administration of an herb, Terminalia catappa (TC), were investigated on rat colon carcinogenesis induced by a carcinogen azoxymethane (AOM).

The number of aberrant crypt foci (ACF) and [beta]-catenin accumulated crypts (BCACs) in the colon, and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) labelling index in the colonic epithelium were examined in a total of 36 male F344 rats.

All animals were randomly divided into five experimental groups (4-10 rats in each group). At 6 weeks of age, rats in groups 1, 2 and 3 were given s.c. injections of AOM once a week for 2 weeks at a concentration of 20 mg/kg body weight. One week before the first injection of AOM, rats in groups 2 and 3 were fed a diet containing 0.02 and 0.1% TC, respectively, throughout the experiment.

Rats in group 4 were fed a diet containing 0.1% TC. Rats in group 5 were served as untreated controls. All animals were sacrificed at the experimental week 5 after the start of the experiment.

Oral administration of TC at both doses significantly decreased the numbers of both ACF/colon/rat (P<0.05 for 0.02% TC, P<0.005 for 0.1% TC) and BCAC/cm2/rat (P<0.05 for both 0.02 and 0.1% TC), when compared with the control group (group 1).

Colonic PCNA labelling index in groups 2 and 3 was also significantly lower than that in group 1 (P<0.001 for 0.02% TC, P<0.005 for 0.1% TC).

These results suggest that TC has a potent short-term chemopreventive effect on biomarkers of colon carcinogenesis and this effect may be associated with the inhibition of the development of ACF and BCACs.

European Journal of Cancer Prevention. 14(2):101-105, April 2005.

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