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Current Nutrition & Food Science


ISSN (Print): 1573-4013
ISSN (Online): 2212-3881

Research Article

Momordica charantia Seed and Aryl Extracts Potentiate Growth Inhibition and Apoptosis by Dual Blocking of PI3K/AKT and MAPK Pathways as a Downstream Target of EGFR Signaling in Breast Cancer Cells

Author(s): Guzide Satir Basaran, Hatice Bekci, Ayse Baldemir, Selen Ilgun and Ahmet Cumaoglu*

Volume 16, Issue 5, 2020

Page: [726 - 733] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1573401315666190712214922

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Background and Objective: Herbal extracts and plant compounds are increasingly becoming of interest for their therapeutic potential in various cancer types. Momordica charantia is well known for its anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.

Methods: In the present study, we investigated the antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effects of Momordica charantia seed and aryl extracts on breast cancer cells and explored the underlying molecular mechanisms.

Results: Our results showed that both extract significantly inhibited the growth of MCF-7 and MDA MB-231 cells in a concentration-dependent manner, and induced apoptosis by upregulation of caspase 9 and caspase 3 mRNA levels. In addition, in different incubation time, both extract evidently inhibited EGF and induced EGFR phosphorylation/activation in both cell lines. Moreover, Momordica charantia aryl and seed extracts inhibited phosphorylation/activation of PI3K/AKT and MAPK (ERK and P38) pathways in both cell lines.

Conclusion: The current study clearly demonstrates that the Momordica charantia aryl and seed extracts have the potential to exert its cytotoxic effect on breast cancer cells by a mechanism involving inhibition of EGFR and EGRF related pathways with the induction of apoptosis. The overall finding demonstrates that this plant, especially seed extract, could be a potential source of new anticancer compounds for possible drug development against cancer.

Keywords: Anticancer compounds, AKT, breast cancer, EGFR, MAPK, Momordica charantia.

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