Effect of dietary polyphenon e and EGCG on lung tumorigenesis in A/J mice

Qi Zhang, Huijing Fu, Jing Pan, Jun He, Seto Ryota, Yukihiko Hara, Yian Wang, Ronald A. Lubet, Ming You

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Purpose: To compare the chemopreventive efficacy of Polyphenon E (Poly E), (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and Polyphenon E without EGCG (Poly E-EGCG) on the development of benzo(a)pyrene (B(a)P)-induced lung tumors in A/J mice. Methods: Female A/J mice were given a single intraperitoneal injection of B(a)P (100 mg/kg body weight). One week after B(a)P injection, animals received AIN-76A purified powder diet containing 0.975% (wt/wt) EGCG, 0.525% (wt/wt) Poly E-EGCG or 1.5% (wt/wt) Poly E for 24 weeks or control diet with no additives. Results: Poly E treatment significantly decreased tumor multiplicity by 52% and tumor load by 64%, while EGCG and Poly E-EGCG did not significantly inhibit lung tumor multiplicity. EGCG was more stable in a complex mixture (Poly E) than as a pure compound. Conclusion: EGCG was ineffective when administered by diet likely due to its instability. Thus, EGCG's efficacy on mice lung tumorigenesis requires the presence of other tea catechins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1066-1071
Number of pages6
JournalPharmaceutical Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Chemoprevention
  • Degradation
  • EGCG
  • Lung tumorigenesis
  • Polyphenon E

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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