Chemopreventive effect of a mixture of Chinese Herbs (antitumor B) on chemically induced oral carcinogenesis

Yian Wang, Ruisheng Yao, Song Gao, Weidong Wen, Yinqiu Du, Eva Szabo, Ming Hu, Ronald A. Lubet, Ming You

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In this study, we evaluated chemopreventive efficacy of Antitumor B, a Chinese herbal mixture of six plants (Sophora tonkinensis, Polygonum bistorta, Prunella vulgaris, Sonchus arvensis L., Dictamnus dasycarpus, and Dioscorea bulbifera) on the development of 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4NQO) induced oral squamous cell carcinomas in A/J mice. Antitumor B, delivered through diet, inhibited 4NQO-induced oral cancer development by 59.19%. The reduction of cell proliferation appears to be associated with efficacy of Antitumor B against 4NQO-induced oral cancer in A/J mice. The expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and phosphorylated EGFR (Tyr1173) were down-regulated by Antitumor B. Tissue distribution of Antitumor B was determined using obacunone, matrine, and maackiain as marker chemicals. We found significant amounts of obacunone, matrine, and maackiain in the blood after 1-wk treatment. The concentrations of these three compounds did not increase further at 18wk, suggesting that plasma concentrations had reached a steady-state level at 1wk. There was no significant body weight loss and there was no other obvious sign of toxicity in Antitumor B-treated mice. These results suggest that Antitumor B is a promising agent for human oral cancer chemoprevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Carcinogenesis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Antitumor B
  • Chemoprevention
  • Oral cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research


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