Alpha-mangostin suppresses MMP-2 and MMP-9 expression in head and neck squamous carcinoma cells


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of alpha-mangostin on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The human HNSCC cell lines were treated with alpha-mangostin and the cytotoxicity of alpha-mangostin in HNSCC was determined using the MTS assay. To determine the effect of alpha-mangostin on the expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in HNSCC, gelatin zymography and RT-PCR were performed. The results showed that alpha-mangostin increased in growth inhibition of HNSCC cell lines in a concentration-dependent manner. Treatment with alpha-mangostin decreased MMP-2 and MMP-9 expression in a concentration-dependent manner in all cell lines. These findings suggested that alpha-mangostin might be a potential therapeutic agent for HNSCC.

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This work was supported by the Thailand Research Fund, the grant number: MRG5280172.

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Kaomongkolgit, R. Alpha-mangostin suppresses MMP-2 and MMP-9 expression in head and neck squamous carcinoma cells. Odontology 101, 227–232 (2013).

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  • Alpha-mangostin
  • MMP-2/9