The aim of the current study is to ascertain the anticancer activity of exopolysaccharides (EPS) from probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus in the 1, 2–dimethyl hydrazine (DMH)-induced colon cancer rat model and to determine the antioxidant status. Rats were divided into five groups of six animals each. Group I served as control, group II served as cancer control (DMH alone administered), group III as standard drug control (5-FU along with DMH) and group IV and V received EPS in two doses (200 mg/kg body weight and 400 mg/kg body weight along with DMH). EPS administration was found to reduce the number of polyps formed (Group IV—8.25 ± 1.258 and Group V—8.50 ± 1.732 vs Group II—14.50 ± 2.380) and to increase the levels of antioxidant enzymes viz. Superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and antioxidants like vitamin C (Vit. C), reduced glutathione (GSH) which was found to be reduced in colon cancer control rats. The status of lipid peroxidation (LPO) was also evaluated. All the values which were affected by the supplementation of DMH were brought to near normal levels by the treatment with EPS. The well-preserved histology of colon and the biochemical evaluation also show that EPS could be a potential agent for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer.
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The work was supported by a grant from Science and Engineering Research Board, New Delhi to KS (SR/SO/HS-0248/2012). VD thanks the Management of Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education for financial support.
Science and Engineering Research Board, New Delhi to KS (SR/SO/HS-0248/2012).
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The study was carried out after obtaining permission from the Institutional Animal Ethical Committee (KMCRET/PhD/15/2014–15).
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Deepak, V., Sundar, W.A., Pandian, S.R.K. et al. Exopolysaccharides from Lactobacillus acidophilus modulates the antioxidant status of 1,2–dimethyl hydrazine-induced colon cancer rat model. 3 Biotech 11, 225 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-021-02784-x
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Antioxidative enzymes
- 1,2–dimethyl hydrazine
- Colon cancer