, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 83-91
Date: 05 Jul 2006

Sulforaphane induces inhibition of human umbilical vein endothelial cells proliferation by apoptosis

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Abstract

Sulforaphane (SUL), one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs), has recently been focused due to its inhibitory effects on tumor cell growth in vitro and in vivo, which is dependent on the direct effect on cancer cells. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the potential anti-angiogenic effect of SUL and its mechanism of action. Using the human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as a model of angiogenesis, we investigated the effect of SUL on the various steps of angiogenesis, including the proliferation of endothelial cells, tubular formation, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) production. Sulforaphane induced a dose-dependent decrease in the proliferative activity of endothelial cells, which was dependent on cell apoptosis. Also SUL inhibited tube formation on matrigel, but did not affect MMP production. The present results demonstrate the anti-angiogenic activity of SUL and its potential use as an anti-cancer drug is suggested.