Abstract Title:

Zyflamend reduces LTB4 formation and prevents oral carcinogenesis in a 7,12-dimethylbenz[alpha]anthracene (DMBA)-induced hamster cheek pouch model.

Abstract Source:

Carcinogenesis. 2008 Aug 6. PMID: 18687669

Abstract Author(s):

Peiying Yang, Zheng Sun, Diana Chan, Carrie A Cartwright, Mary Vijjeswarapu, Jibin Ding, Xiaoxin Chen, Robert A Newman


Full Citation: "Aberrant arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism, especially altered cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) activities, have been associated with chronic inflammation as well as carcinogenesis in human oral cavity tissues. Here, we examined the effect of Zyflamend((R)), a product containing ten concentrated herbal extracts, on development of DMBA-induced inflammation and oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). A hamster cheek pouch model was used in which 0.5% 7,12-dimethylbenz[alpha]anthracene (DMBA) was applied topically onto the left cheek pouch of male Syrian golden hamsters either 3 times/wk for three weeks (short term) or 6 weeks (long term). Zyflamend was then applied topically at one of three different doses (25, 50, 100 mul) onto the left cheek pouch three times for one week (short term study) or chronically for 18 weeks. Zyflamend significantly reduced infiltration of inflammatory cells, incidence of hyperplasia and dysplastic lesions, BrdU-labeling index as well as number of SCC in a concentration-dependent manner. Application of Zyflamend (100 mul) reduced formation of leukotriene B4 (LTB(4)) by 50% compared to DMBA-treated tissues. The reduction of LTB(4) was concentration-dependent. The effect of Zyflamend on inhibition of LTB(4) formation was further confirmed with in vitro cell based assay. Adding LTB(4) to RBL-1 cells, a rat leukemia cell line expressing high levels of 5-LOX and LTA(4) hydrolase, partially blocked anti-proliferative effect of Zyflamend. This study demonstrates that Zyflamend inhibited LTB(4) formation and modulated adverse histopathological changes in the DMBA-induced hamster cheek pouch model. The study suggests that Zyflamend might prevent oral carcinogenesis at the post-initiation stage."

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