Effect of sesamin on apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells

An Ci Siao, Chien Wei Hou, Yung Hsi Kao, Kee Ching Jeng

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Dietary prevention has been known to reduce breast cancer risk. Sesamin is one of the major components in sesame seeds and has been widely studied and proven to have anti-proliferation and anti-angiogenic effects on cancer cells. In this study, the influence of sesamin was tested in the human breast cancer MCF-7 cell line for cell viability (MTT assay) and cell cycling (flow cytometry). Results showed that sesamin dose-dependently (1, 10 and 50 μM) reduced the cell viability and increased LDH release and apoptosis (TUNEL assay). In addition, there was a significant increase of sub-G1 phase arrest in the cell cycle after sesamin treatment. Furthermore, sesamin increased the expression of apoptotic markers of Bax, caspase-3, and cell cycle control proteins, p53 and checkpoint kinase 2. Taken together, these results suggested that sesamin might be used as a dietary supplement f or prevention of breast cancer by modulating apoptotic signal pathways and inhibiting tumor cell growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3779-3783
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2015


  • Apoptosis
  • Breast cancer
  • Cell cycle
  • Sesamin


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