Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 128–131

Effects and potential mechanisms of Danzhi Xiaoyao Pill (丹栀逍遥丸) on proliferation of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells in vitro

  • Hui Liao (廖 晖)
  • Linda K. Banbury
  • David N. Leach
Experimental Research

DOI: 10.1007/s11655-008-0128-y

Cite this article as:
Liao, H., Banbury, L.K. & Leach, D.N. Chin. J. Integr. Med. (2008) 14: 128. doi:10.1007/s11655-008-0128-y



To investigate the effects of 50% ethyl alcohol (EtOH) extracts from Danzhi Xiaoyao Pill (丹栀逍遥丸, DXP) on the proliferation of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells and potential mechanisms.


ATP-Lite assay was performed to test the proliferation of the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line; and antioxidant activity was measured by the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). The effects of DXP on nitric oxide (NO) production were tested by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 murine macrophages using the Griess reaction.


The 50% EtOH DXP extracts displayed a cytotoxic response on MCF-7 cells at 0.10, 0.25 and 0.50 mg/mL dose-dependently with the proliferation inhibited by more than 85%. The ORAC value of the DXP was 820 μmoL Trolox equivalent/g, about 40% of the vitamin C value. DXP extracts had significant inhibitory effect on NO production at the concentration from 0.0625 mg/mL to 0.5 mg/mL (P<0.05, P<0.01).


The extracts of DXP could significantly inhibit the proliferation of MCF-7 cells, with the effect possibly related to its antioxidant activity and the inhibition of NO production.

Key words

Danzhi Xiaoyao Pill breast cancer MCF-7 cells antioxidant activity oxygen radical absorbance capacity nitric oxide 

Copyright information

© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hui Liao (廖 晖)
    • 1
  • Linda K. Banbury
    • 2
  • David N. Leach
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanxi Provincial People’s HospitalTaiyuanChina
  2. 2.Centre for Phytochemistry and PharmacologySouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

Personalised recommendations