Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761-mediated inhibition of aromatase for the treatment of hormone-dependent breast cancer.
Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Jan ;87:157-65. Epub 2015 Dec 17. PMID: 26706698
Yong Joo Park
Ginkgo biloba has been used in herbal medicines for thousands of years. Although a standard G. biloba extract, EGb 761 has been used to improve cognition in breast cancer patients, its effects on breast cancer are unknown. Therefore, we investigated the antitumorigenic effects of EGb 761 using an in vitro cell model and an in vivo xenograft model. EGb 761 significantly inhibited aromatase activity in aromatase over-expressing MCF-7 cells (MCF-7 AROM). In addition, EGb 761 exposure reduced cytochrome p450 aromatase (CYP19) mRNA and protein expression; CYP19 promoter I.3 and PII expression particularly decreased. These inhibitory effects on aromatase were accompanied by reduced 17β-estradiol levels in MCF-7 AROM cells. For elucidating antitumorigenic effects, MCF-7 AROM cells were implanted in BALB/c nude mice prior to oral EGb 761 treatment for 3 weeks. EGb 761 reduced the tumor sizeand significantly reduced tumor CYP19 mRNA expression. Taken together, our results indicated that EGb 761 inhibited aromatase and exerted antitumor effects on breast cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. These findings suggest that EGb761 may be a useful aromatase inhibitor for the treatment forestrogen-sensitive breast cancer.