Antioxidant Effect of Mangiferin and its Potential to be a Cancer Chemoprevention Agent
It is generally recognized that oxidative stress is one of the most common cause of carcinogenesis. Many studies
have demonstrated that oxidative stress can cause the over-expression of growth factors or their receptors, mutations of
oncogenes and anti-oncogenes, excessive activation of tyrosine kinases or serine/threonine kinases, and activation of some
kinds of transcription factors including AP1, NF-κB, HIF-1, NFATs. All these events have been demonstrated to be involved
in tumor formation via regulating the cellular proliferation, differentiation, survival, apoptosis and tumor angiogenesis.
It is also demonstrated that oxidative stress can cause DNA damages, such as DNA bases modification, base-free
sites, strand breaks and DNA–protein cross-links, which are associated with carcinogenesis via leading to not only genomic
instability but also disorders of transcription, replication and signal transduction pathways. Mangiferin is the main
active ingredient of vimang (an aqueous extract of Mangiferia indica L., which is traditionally used as an antiinflammatory,
analgesic and antioxidant in Cuba). It has been demonstrated that mangiferin could enhance the antioxidant
status, decrease the oxygen free radicals (ROS) level and reduce DNA damage in animal models. In addition, some studies
reported that mangiferin could reduce carcinogen-induced tumor formation. Its chemopreventive role was associated
with the reduction of oxidative stress and DNA damage.
Keywords: Antioxidant, Cancer chemoprevention, DNA damage, Mangiferin, Carcinogenesis, ROS.
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