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Molecules. 2011 Mar 11;16(3):2375-90. doi: 10.3390/molecules16032375.

Cranberry proanthocyanidins mediate growth arrest of lung cancer cells through modulation of gene expression and rapid induction of apoptosis.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, Florida 33136, USA. Lkresty@med.miami.edu

Abstract

Cranberries are rich in bioactive constituents purported to enhance immune function, improve urinary tract health, reduce cardiovascular disease and more recently, inhibit cancer in preclinical models. However, identification of the cranberry constituents with the strongest cancer inhibitory potential and the mechanism associated with cancer inhibition by cranberries remains to be elucidated. This study investigated the ability of a proanthocyanidin rich cranberry fraction (PAC) to alter gene expression, induce apoptosis and impact the cell cycle machinery of human NCI-H460 lung cancer cells. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and five year survival rates remain poor at 16%. Thus, assessing potential inhibitors of lung cancer-linked signaling pathways is an active area of investigation.

PMID:
21399574
DOI:
10.3390/molecules16032375
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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