Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 184, Issue 4, pp 1375–1389 | Cite as

Stryphnodendron adstringens (“Barbatimão”) Leaf Fraction: Chemical Characterization, Antioxidant Activity, and Cytotoxicity Towards Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines

  • A. P. L. Sabino
  • L. M. S. Eustáquio
  • A. C. F. Miranda
  • C. Biojone
  • T. N. Mariosa
  • Cibele Marli Cação Paiva Gouvêa


We evaluated the chemical composition, antioxidant activity, and antitumor potential of a fraction that was isolated from Stryphnodendron adstringens (barbatimão) leaf aqueous extract. Fraction is composed by gallic acid, procyanidin dimer B1, and (−)-epicatechin-3-O-gallate and it exhibits antioxidant and cytotoxic activities. Fraction was cytotoxic against two human breast cancer cell lines, ER (+) and MCF-7 and the triple-negative, MDA-MB-435. The sulforhodamine B assay showed that, as compared to normal control cells, the fraction significantly (P < 0.05) decreased cancer cell viability. The morphological alterations noted in the treated cancer cells were cell rounding-up, shrinkage, and nuclear condensation reduction of cell diameter and length. Treatment with fraction increased cancer cell expression of Bax, caspase-9, active caspase-3, caspase-8, LC-3, and beclin-1 and decreased Bcl-2, caspase-3, and pro-caspase-8 expression. Altogether, fraction is cytotoxic to both breast cancer cell lines, induces cell death, and its mechanism of action seems to include the induction of apoptosis. Our data support a positive role of the fraction as a chemopreventive agent for antineoplastic drug development.


Anticancer Cell death DNA fragmentation MCF-7 MDA-MB-435 Plant extract Western blot 



Grant received from FAPEMIG (number 1305-06), to undertake this work is duly acknowledged. Fellowships from CAPES (APLS), UNIFAL-MG (LMSE), CNPQ (ACFM and CB), FAPEMIG (TNM), and PET-MEC-SESu (CMCPG) were gratefully acknowledged.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Rat primary bone marrow (RPBM) cell culture (normal control cells) was established from femur of 120-day-old Wistar rats, after approval from the UNIFAL-MG Commission for Animal Experimentation (process n. 338).

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. L. Sabino
    • 1
  • L. M. S. Eustáquio
    • 1
  • A. C. F. Miranda
    • 1
  • C. Biojone
    • 1
  • T. N. Mariosa
    • 1
  • Cibele Marli Cação Paiva Gouvêa
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências da NaturezaUniversidade Federal de AlfenasAlfenasBrazil

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