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Green, black and rooibos tea inhibit prostaglandin E2 formation in human monocytes by inhibiting expression of enzymes in the prostaglandin E2 pathway
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
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Keyword [en]
green tea, black tea, rooibos tea, monocytes, microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase, cyclooxygenase, prostaglandin E2, phospholipase A2
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Cell Biology Immunology Nutrition and Dietetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37085OAI: diva2:840078
Available from: 2015-07-06 Created: 2015-07-06 Last updated: 2015-10-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Cancer and Inflammation: Role of Macrophages and Monocytes
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Macrophages are cells of the innate immune system that can be found in large quantities in cancer tumors and affect cancer progression by regulating growth and invasiveness of cancer cells. There are two main phenotypes of macrophages denoted M1 and M2. In this thesis, the M1 and M2 phenotype of human macrophages were characterized, and effects of the macrophages on the growth and invasiveness of colon and lung cancer cells were studied.

Macrophages of the M1 phenotype, but not the M2 phenotype, inhibited growth of both colon and lung cancer cells, and the inhibition for some of the cancer cell lines was induced by cell cycle arrest in the G1/G0 and/or G2/M cell cycle phases. In the colon cancer cell line, the macrophage induced cell cycle arrest was found to attenuate the cytotoxic effect of the chemotherapeutic drug 5-FU. Macrophages were also shown to express high levels of proteases (matrix metalloproteinase-2 and 9) and high levels of proteins of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) system, in comparison to the lung cancer cell lines studied. Expression of these has been found to predict poor outcome in lung cancer, and the results suggest macrophages to be important contributors of these in lung tumors. Furthermore, the M1 phenotype was found to express higher levels of the uPA receptor than the M2 phenotype.

Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a potent inflammatory molecule expressed by e.g. macrophages and monocytes, and inhibition of its expression has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Green tea and black tea was found to be potent inhibitors of PGE2 formation in human monocytes, and the inhibitory effects of green tea was likely due to its content of the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate. Rooibos tea also inhibited PGE2 formation, but was less potent than green and black tea. The primary mechanism for the inhibition was via inhibition of expression of enzymes in the PGE2 formation pathway, and primarily microsomal prostaglandin synthase-1.

Abstract [en]

Macrophages are cells of the immune system often found in large numbers in cancer tumors. They affect multiple aspects of cancer progression, including growth and spread of cancer cells, and the efficacy of treatments. There are two major macrophage phenotypes denoted M1 and M2, that have mainly pro- and anti-inflammatory properties, respectively.

In this thesis, M1 and M2 macrophages were characterized and effects of them on different aspects of cancer progression were studied using culture of colon, and lung cancer cells.

The M1 phenotype inhibited proliferation of cancer cells from both colon and lung. The growth inhibition was for some cell lines accompanied by cell cycle arrest.

The macrophage induced cell cycle arrest was found to protect colon cancer cells from the cytostatic drug 5-fluorouracil.

Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) contributes to colon cancer development and treatment of monocytes with tea extracts inhibited PGE2 formation via inhibition of expression of microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1.

Proteases can degrade the extracellular matrix of a tumor to facilitate cancer cell invasion and metastasis. The M1 and M2 phenotypes of macrophages expressed several protease activity related genes to a greater extent than lung cancer cells, and M1 more so than the M2 phenotype.

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Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2015. 80 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2015:36
M1 macrophages, M2 macrophages, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostaglandin E2
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Immunology Cell and Molecular Biology Cancer and Oncology
Research subject
Biomedical Sciences
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37086 (URN)978-91-7063-654-7 (ISBN)
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2015-08-31, Nyquistsalen, 9C203, Karlstads universitet 651 88 Karlstad, Karlstad, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-07-06 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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