Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 363–368 | Cite as

Chemopreventive activity of Cnidii Rhizoma for breast cancer

  • Kyung-Soo Nam
  • Byung Geun Ha
  • Yun-Hee ShonEmail author
Research Paper


Chemopreventive potential for human breast cancer was assessed in vitro with Cnidii Rhizoma extract. Cnidii Rhizoma inhibited cell proliferation in estrogen receptor-positive (MCF-7) and estrogen receptor-negative (MDA-MB-231) human breast carcinoma cell lines. Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A1-mediated ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) activity was inhibited by Cnidii Rhizoma in a concentration-dependent manner. In addition, Cnidii Rhizoma extract caused inhibition of microsomal aromatase (estrogen synthase) activity. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity was reduced to 40.3% of the control after 6 h treatment with Cnidii Rhizoma (5 mg/mL) in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Cnidii Rhizoma extract markedly reduced 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-stimulated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 activity. These results suggest that Cnidii Rhizoma could be of therapeutic value in preventing human breast cancer.


aromatase breast cancer Cnidii Rhizoma cytochrome P450 1A1 matrix metalloproteinase ornithine decarboxylase 


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© The Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology, College of MedicineDongguk UniversityGyeongjuKorea
  2. 2.Bio-Medical Research InstituteKyungpook National University HospitalDaeguKorea

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