Inhibitory Effects of Opuntia humifusa on 7, 12-Dimethyl-benz[a]anthracene and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate Induced Two-stage Skin Carcinogenesis

  • Lee, Jin-A (Department of Veterinary Infectious Disease, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Jung, Bock-Gie (Department of Veterinary Infectious Disease, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Bong-Joo (Department of Veterinary Infectious Disease, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University)
  • Published : 2012.09.30


Opuntia humifusa, member of the Cactaceae family, was previously demonstrated to have radical scavenging, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects in in vitro models. It was suggested that O. humifusa could function in the prevention of carcinogenesis. To investigate the in vivo chemopreventive effect of O. humifusa, mice were fed a diet containing either 1% or 3% following 7, 12-dimethylbenz[a] anthracene (DMBA) and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) induction of skin carcinogenesis. Significant decrease in the numbers of papilloma and epidermal hyperplasia were observed in mice fed with O. humifusa, compared to the control group. O. humifusa also upregulated high total antioxidant capacity and level of phase II detoxifying enzyme such as superoxide dismutase and glutathione S-transferase activity in the skin. Lipid peroxidation activity level was measured in skin cytosol and significantly inhibited in 3% OH fed group compared to the control group. These results suggest that O. humifusa exerts chemopreventive effects on chemical carcinogenesis in mouse skin and that prevention effects are associated with reduction of oxidative stress via the modulation of cutaneous lipid peroxidation, enhancing of total antioxidant capacity especially in phase II detoxifying enzyme system and partial apoptotic influence.


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