Posted by Chantel Martiromo, Article By Kyle J. Norton
Phytochemicals, the natural chemical
constituent, protect the plants against diseases and form their
outer's color. Phytochemicals may be next potential sources of new
medicine for treatment of
diseases with little or no side effects.
Piperine is a phytochemical alkaloid in the class of organosulfur compound, found abundantly in white and black pepper, long pepper, etc.
Breast cancer (malignant breast neoplasm) is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast either from the inner lining of milk ducts (Ductal carcinoma) or the lobules (Lobular carcinoma) that
supply the ducts with milk. there is also rare cases that breast
cancer starts in other areas of the breast. In 2010, over 250,000 new
cases of breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the
U.S. alone and the risk of getting invasive breast cancer during life
time of a women is 1/8.
The health benefits
Piperine, a chgenical
component of black pepper, showed a strongly inhibited proliferation
and induced apoptosis of breast caner cells and HER2 gene expression.
pretreatment of piperine enhanced sensitization to paclitaxel killing in
HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cells. Other study of piperine against breast cancer also showed Piperine
(35-280 μmol/L) inhibited the growth of 4T1 cells in time- and
dose-dependent manners (the IC(50) as Treatment of 4T1 cells with piperine (70-280 μmol/L) dose-dependently induced apoptosis of 4T1 cells, accompanying activation of caspase 3.
As the result, the phytochemical piperine may be a poteantial agent for treating breast cancer.
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(I) Antitumor efficacy of piperine in the treatment of human HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cells by Do MT, Kim HG, Choi JH, Khanal T, Park BH, Tran TP, Jeong TC, Jeong HG.(PubMed)
(2) Piperine suppresses tumor growth and metastasis in vitro and in vivo in a 4T1 murine breast cancer model by Lai LH, Fu QH, Liu Y, Jiang K, Guo QM, Chen QY, Yan B, Wang QQ, Shen JG.(PubMed)