A screening for discovering anticancer herbal drugs

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J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 7(3): 213-222, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.56499/jppres19.611_7.3.213 Original Article A screening of anti-breast cancer effects and antioxidant activity of twenty medicinal plants gathered from Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari province, Iran [Tamizaje antitumoral contra cáncer de mama y actividad antioxidante de veinte plantas medicinales recolectadas en la provincia de Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari, Irán] Majid Asadi-Samani1*, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei2, Zahra … Continue reading A screening for discovering anticancer herbal drugs

J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 7(3): 213-222, 2019.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.56499/jppres19.611_7.3.213

Original Article

A screening of anti-breast cancer effects and antioxidant activity of twenty medicinal plants gathered from Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari province, Iran

[Tamizaje antitumoral contra cáncer de mama y actividad antioxidante de veinte plantas medicinales recolectadas en la provincia de Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari, Irán]

Majid Asadi-Samani1*, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei2, Zahra Lorigooini2, Hedayatollah Shirzad3*

1Student Research Committee, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran.
2Medical Plants Research Center, Basic Health Sciences Institute, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran.
3Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Basic Health Sciences Institute, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran.

*E-mail: majidas102@yahoo.com

Abstract

Context: Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers that causes substantial numbers of deaths among women, worldwide. Medicinal plants can be used for discovering new anti-breast cancer drugs.

Aim: To investigate the antioxidant effects of twenty Iranian herbs and their anticancer effects against breast cancer cell lines (i.e. MDA-MB231 and MCF-7) compared with a non-cancerous human cell line (HDF).

Methods: In this study, the plant samples were collected from different regions of Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari province in Iran and their hydroalcoholic (ethanol: water; 70:30) extracts prepared by maceration method. Antioxidant activity was investigated by DPPH with reference to butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). Anticancer effects were investigated by MTT colorimetric assay.

Results: Most of the plants examined in this study had higher antioxidant activity than that of BHT. Satureja bachtiarica (37.27 ± 1.56 µg/mL), Plantago lanceolata (43.19 ± 4.67 µg/mL), Parietaria judaica (45.34 ± 8.08 µg/mL), Stachys inflata (53.70 ± 1.80 µg/mL), and Euphorbia szovitsii (55.78 ± 1.37 µg/mL) inhibited the DPPH free radicals in the lower concentration compared to BHT (120.48 ± 1.42 µg/mL) and other plants. MTT assay showed that the lowest IC50s values were observed for E. microsciadia and E. szovitsii among the examined plants on both breast cancer cell lines. There was no significant relationship between anticancer effects and antioxidant activity of the plants (p>0.05).

Conclusions: The examined plants might be considered as valuable resources of natural compounds that may possess anti-breast cancer properties.

Keywords: antioxidant activity; cytotoxicity; drug discovery; natural compounds; traditional medicine.

Resumen

Contexto: El cáncer de mama es uno de los cánceres más prevalentes que causa un gran número de muertes entre las mujeres en todo el mundo. Las plantas medicinales se pueden usar para descubrir nuevos medicamentos contra el cáncer de mama.

Objetivo: Investigar los efectos antioxidantes de veinte hierbas iraníes y sus efectos anticancerígenos contra líneas celulares de cáncer de mama (es decir, MDA-MB231 y MCF-7) en comparación con una línea celular humana no cancerosa (HDF).

Métodos: En este estudio, se recolectaron muestras de plantas de diferentes regiones de la provincia de Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari en Irán y sus extractos hidroalcohólicos (etanol: agua; 70:30) preparados por el método de maceración. La actividad antioxidante se investigó mediante DPPH con referencia al hidroxitolueno butilado (BHT). Los efectos anticancerígenos se investigaron mediante el ensayo colorimétrico MTT.

Resultados: La mayoría de las plantas examinadas en este estudio tenían mayor actividad antioxidante que la de BHT. Satureja bachtiarica (37.27 ± 1.56 µg/mL), Plantago lanceolata (43.19 ± 4.67 µg/mL), Parietaria judaica (45.34 ± 8.08 µg/mL), Stachys inflata (53.70 ± 1.80 µg / mL) y Euphorbia szovitsii (55.78 ± 1.37 µg/mL) inhibieron el radical libre DPPH en la concentración más baja en comparación con BHT (120.48 ± 1.42 µg/mL) y otras plantas. El ensayo MTT mostró que se observaron los valores de CI50 más bajas para E. microsciadia y E. szovitsii entre las plantas examinadas en ambas líneas celulares de cáncer de mama. No hubo una relación significativa entre los efectos anticancerígenos y la actividad antioxidante de las plantas (p> 0.05).

Conclusiones: Las plantas examinadas podrían considerarse como recursos valiosos de compuestos naturales que pueden poseer propiedades contra el cáncer de mama.

Palabras Clave: actividad antioxidante; citotoxicidad; descubrimiento de medicamento; compuestos naturales; medicina tradicional.

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Citation Format: Asadi-Samani M, Rafieian-Kopaei M, Lorigooini Z, Shirzad H (2019) A screening of anti-breast cancer effects and antioxidant activity of twenty medicinal plants gathered from Chaharmahal va Bakhtyari province, Iran. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 7(3): 213–222. DOI: https://doi.org/10.56499/jppres19.611_7.3.213

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