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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effect of naturally occurring monoterpenes carvone, limonene and perillic acid in the inhibition of experimental lung metastasis induced by B16F-10 melanoma cells.

The effects of naturally occurring monoterpenes on lung metastasis induced by B16F-10 melanoma cells were studied in C57BL/6 mice. Administration of monoterpenes such as limonene (100 micromoles/kg body wt. 10 doses i.p.) and perillic acid (50 micromoles/kg body wt 10 doses i.p.) remarkably reduced the metastatic tumour nodule formation by 65% and 67%, respectively. These results correlated with the biochemical parameters such as serum sialic acid, lung collagen hydroxyproline and uronic acid contents. Serum sialic acid level in control group was 126.8 microg/ml serum which was significantly lowered in limonene (49.3 microg/ml serum) and perillic acid treated animals (53.6 microg/ml serum). Uronic acid level was also inhibited to 56% and 39.7% in limonene and perillic acid treated animals, respectively. Histopathological studies also correlated with these above results. Administration of Carvone even at 100 micromoles/kg body wt. did not have any significant effect on the metastatic tumour growth. These results indicate that limonene and perillic acid could inhibit the metastatic progression of B16F-10 melanoma cells in mice.[1]


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