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Journal of Natural Medicines

, Volume 64, Issue 3, pp 388–391 | Cite as

Inhibitory effect of the flowers of artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) on TPA-induced inflammation and tumor promotion in two-stage carcinogenesis in mouse skin

  • Ken Yasukawa
  • Hideki Matsubara
  • Yuri Sano
Natural Resource Letter

Abstract

The methanol extract of the flowers of artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) exhibited remarkable antitumor activity in an in vivo two-stage carcinogenesis test in mice, using 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene as an initiator and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) as a promoter. From the active fraction of the methanol extract, four triterpene alcohols and their corresponding acetates were isolated and identified. These compounds were evaluated for their inhibitory effects on TPA-induced inflammation (1 μg/ear) in mice and showed marked anti-inflammatory effects, with a 50% inhibitory dose of 0.50–0.91 μmol/ear.

Keywords

Cancer chemoprevention Two-stage carcinogenesis Artichoke Cynaracardunculus 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported, in a part, by “High-Tech Research Center” Project for Private Universities: matching fund subsidy from MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), 2007–2009, of Japan. We would also like to thank Dr. Yumiko Kimura and Dr. Kouichi Metori (Analytical Center, College of Pharmacy, Nihon University) for NMR and mass spectroscopy measurements.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of PharmacyNihon UniversityFunabashiJapan

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