A specific combination of ascorbic acid, lysine, proline and epigallocatechin gallate inhibits proliferation and extracellular matrix Invasion of various human cancer cell lines


The proliferation of breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 in the presence of AA, P, L and 20µg/ml of EGCG was reduced to 74% and colon cancer cells HCT116 to 69% compared to the unsupplemented medium. The increase in concentration of EGCG to 50µg/ml did not cause much further reduction in the number of breast cancer cells. However it reduced proliferation of colon cancer cells to 4,6% and melanoma cells to 30% of the control. Matrigel invasion by breast cancer cells and human melanoma cells in the presence of AA, P, L and 20µg/ml of EGCG was stopped completely. At a similar concentration, invasion by colon cancer cells was reduced to 24,9%. However, the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) –2 and –9 was not altered by this nutrient combination in melanoma cells as visualized by gelatinase zymography. MMP-2 and MMP-9 were significantly inhibited by EGCG in a dose dependent manner, and L, P, AA have no additional effect. Thus the combination of AA, P, L and EGCG shows great potential for control of cancer using a safe and multi-targeted approach.

Key Words: 
Antiproliferative and antimetastatic effect, breast cancer (MDA-MB-231), colon cancer (HCT116), epigallocatechin gallate, gelatinase zymography, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) –2 and –9, proliferation of cancer, skin melanoma (A2058), specific combination of ascorbic acid, proline, and lysine.

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