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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(1), 145;

Allyl Isothiocyanate Exhibits No Anticancer Activity in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells

Department of Clinical and Molecular Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, 60126 Ancona, Italy
Advanced Technology Center for Aging Research, Scientific and Technological Pole, Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA), 60120 Ancona, Italy
Occupational Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 78, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Received: 14 November 2017 / Revised: 24 December 2017 / Accepted: 30 December 2017 / Published: 4 January 2018
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It was reported recently that allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) could inhibit various types of cancer cell growth. In the present study, we further investigated whether AITC could inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells. Unexpectedly, we found that AITC did not inhibit, rather slightly promoted, the proliferation of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, although it did have inhibitory effect on MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Cytofluorimetric analysis revealed that AITC (10 µM) did not induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in MDA-MB-231 cells. In addition, AITC significantly (p < 0.05) increased the expression of BCL-2 and mTOR genes and Beclin-1 protein in MDA-MB-231 cells. No significant changes in expression of PRKAA1 and PER2 genes, Caspase-8, Caspase-9, PARP, p-mTOR, and NF-κB p65 proteins were observed in these AITC-treated cells. Importantly, AITC displayed cytotoxic effect on MCF-10A human breast epithelial cell line. These observations suggest that AITC may not have inhibitory activity in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. This in vitro study warrants more preclinical and clinical studies on the beneficial and harmful effects of AITC in healthy and cancer cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer; allyl isothiocyanate; proliferation; apoptosis; cell cycle breast cancer; allyl isothiocyanate; proliferation; apoptosis; cell cycle

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Sayeed, M.A.; Bracci, M.; Ciarapica, V.; Malavolta, M.; Provinciali, M.; Pieragostini, E.; Gaetani, S.; Monaco, F.; Lucarini, G.; Rapisarda, V.; Di Primio, R.; Santarelli, L. Allyl Isothiocyanate Exhibits No Anticancer Activity in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 145.

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