Study of the antineoplastic action of Tabebuia avellanedae in carcinogenesis induced by azoxymethane in mice

Estudo da ação antineoplásica da Tabebuia avellanedae (Ipê-Roxo) na carcinogênese induzida pelo azoximetano em camundongos

PURPOSE: To study the antitumor action of Tabebuia avellanedae in experimentally induced colon carcinogenesis by azoxymethane in mice. METHODS: Fifty (n=50) mice were divided into five groups: in group I azoxymethane (AOM) was administered, in Group II - β-lapachone, in group III - vehicle (diluent) and in group IV - vehicle + AOM and finally in group V - β-lapachone + AOM. RESULTS: It was observed the presence of aberrant crypt foci in all animals of groups I and IV, 50% in group II and 90% in group V. CONCLUSION: The β-lapachone extracted from the Tabebuia avellanedae showed no protective effect of lesions induced by azoxymethane in colon of mice.

Carcinogens; Colorectal Neoplasms; Azoxymethane; Tabebuia; Naphthoquinones; Mice


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