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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2015, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (3): 185-193.doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(15)60175-3

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Antioxidant, antiangiogenic and antiproliferative activities of root methanol extract of Calliandra portoricensis in human prostate cancer cells

Oluwatosin Adaramoyea,b, Bettina Erguena, Olubukola Oyebodec, Bianca Nitzsched, Michael Höpfnerd, Klaus Junga,e, Anja Rabiena,e#br#   

  1. a Department of Urology, University Hospital Charite, 10117 Berlin, Germany
    b Drug Metabolism and Toxicology Section, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ibadan, Ibadan 20005, Nigeria
    c Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics Section, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ibadan, Ibadan 20005, Nigeria
    d Institute of Physiology, University Hospital Charite, 10117 Berlin, Germany
    e Berlin Institute for Urologic Research, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Received:2014-10-20 Accepted:2015-02-11 Online:2015-05-10 Published:2015-05-15

Prostate cancer (PCa) is a major health concern. Calliandra portoricensis (CP) is traditionally known for its analgesic, anti-ulcerogenic and anticonvulsant properties. However, its antiproliferative properties for PCa still need to be investigated.
Antioxidant activities of CP were determined by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryhydrazyl (DPPH) and hydroxyl (OH?) radicals-scavenging methods. PC-3 and LNCaP (androgen-refractory and androgen-dependent PCa-derived cell lines) were cultured and treated with CP (10, 50 and 100 μg/mL). Effects of CP on cells were determined by cytotoxicity assay (lactate dehydrogenase, LDH) and viability assay (sodium 3′-[1-(phenylaminocarbonyl)-3,4-tetrazolium]-bis (4-methoxy-6-nitro) benzene sulfonic acid hydrate, XTT). DNA fragmentation was detected by cell death detection enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay plus kit. CP was tested as an inhibitor of angiogenesis using chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay.
CP showed significant scavenging of DPPH and OH- radicals. CP significantly (P < 0.05) inhibited lipid peroxidation in a dose-dependent manner. Precisely, CP (10, 50 and 100 μg/mL) inhibited PC-3 and LNCaP growth by 7%, 74% and 92%, and 27%, 73%, and 85% respectively at 48 h. CP had low toxicity in vitro at its half inhibitory concentration dose. Detection of cell death induced by CP at 50 μg/mL showed higher enrichment factors in LNCaP (7.38 ± 0.95) than PC-3 (3.48 ± 0.55). Also, treatment with CP (50 μg/mL) significantly reduced network of vessels in CAM, suggesting its antiangiogenic potential.


Calliandra portoricensis elicited antioxidant, antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects in PCa cells.

Key words: Calliandra portoricensis, Plant extracts, Antiproliferation, Antiangiogenesis, Prostatic neoplasms

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