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Cancer Lett. 1997 Jan 30;112(2):135-9.

Inhibitory action of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate on radiation-induced mouse oncogenic transformation.

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  • 1Department of Radiation Biology, Hiroshima University, Japan.

Abstract

The anticarcinogenic activity of a major component of green tea, (-) epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) was examined by using the radiation-induced oncogenic transformation in C3H10T1/2 cells. EGCg substantially suppressed the radiation-induced transformation so that the transformation frequency with 15 microM of EGCg was reduced nearly to spontaneous levels. This effect of EGCg was in a dose-dependent manner and significant suppression of transformation was observed even in treatment of cells with 5 microM of EGCg concentration where the cytotoxicity was mild. The inhibitory effect of EGCg was maximal when it was present during the entire incubation period. However, neither treatment prior to nor concurrent with radiation was effective, suggesting that EGCg action is mainly involved in the promotional stage of C3H10T1/2 cell transformation.

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