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Cytotoxic and apoptogenic effect of hypericin, the bioactive component of Hypericum perforatum on the MCF-7 human breast cancer cell line

Overview of attention for article published in Cancer Cell International, February 2016
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Title
Cytotoxic and apoptogenic effect of hypericin, the bioactive component of Hypericum perforatum on the MCF-7 human breast cancer cell line
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Cancer Cell International, February 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12935-016-0279-4
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Seyed Abbas Mirmalek, Mohammad Amin Azizi, Ehsan Jangholi, Soheila Yadollah-Damavandi, Mohammad Amin Javidi, Yekta Parsa, Tina Parsa, Seyed Alireza Salimi-Tabatabaee, Hossein Ghasemzadeh kolagar, Reza Alizadeh-Navaei

Abstract

Breast cancer is the most prevalent malignancies among the women that have a high mortality. Previous studies demonstrated that hypericin, a bioactive component of Hypericum perforatum have a cytotoxic effect on the malignant cell lines. However, an anti-carcinogenic activity of hypericin on MCF-7 is uncertain. To investigate the cytotoxic effect of hypericin on MCF-7 cells, a human breast adenocarcinoma cell-line, that resistance to chemotherapy. The MCF-7 and fibroblast (as normal cell line) were treated with various concentrations of hypericin, and Cisplatin as a positive control for 24 and 48 h. Cytotoxicity activity was measured and confirmed by MTT assay and Trypan blue staining, respectively. In addition, Apoptosis were determined by Annexin V/Propidium Iodide assay. Immunocytochemistry (ICC) analysis for bcl2 and p53 proteins performed to further investigate different expression of these genes in different samples. Both cisplatin and the hypericin exhibited a dose-dependent cytotoxic effect in the MCF-7 cell line. Although the LD50 of the hypericin was significantly lower when compared to cispaltin (5 vs. 20 μg/ml), it continued to decrease the growth rate of the MCF-7 cells when tested at higher concentration than LD50. In contrast, cisplatine, at higher concentration than LD50, completely inhibited the growth of the MCF-7 in 48 h. Regarding Annexin V/Propidium results, treatment of MCF-7 cells with LD50 concentration of cisplatin and hypericin showed 60 and 52 % apoptosis in 24 h, respectively. ICC analysis for bcl2 and p53 also confirmed our results; in treated samples for the dose of LD50 in 24 and 48 h of cisplatin and hypercin, more cells expressed p53 (guardian of cells in front of tumor formation/progression) and less expressed bcl2 (which has anti apoptotic activity) compared to untreated samples. Considering that hypericin showed to be cytotoxic, it seems to be a chemopreventive agent and a good candidate for antineoplastic drug development.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 94 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 15%
Student > Bachelor 12 13%
Student > Master 10 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 8 8%
Researcher 6 6%
Other 9 9%
Unknown 36 38%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 17 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 13%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 9%
Chemistry 9 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 4%
Other 7 7%
Unknown 37 39%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 January 2024.
All research outputs
#2,981,415
of 25,161,628 outputs
Outputs from Cancer Cell International
#110
of 2,168 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#50,933
of 412,202 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cancer Cell International
#1
of 15 outputs
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