The antiproliferative effect of bovine lactoferrin on canine mammary gland tumor cells. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The antiproliferative effect of bovine lactoferrin on canine mammary gland tumor cells.
J Vet Med Sci. 2008 May ;70(5):443-8. PMID: 18525164
Lactoferrin has several biological activities, including antitumor activities in some human and animal tumor cells. Clinical trials have been carried out in human medicine based on these effects. However, the antitumor effects of lactoferrin in veterinary medicine remain unknown. In this in vitro study, we demonstrated that co-incubation of canine mammary gland tumor cells (CIPp and CHMp) and bovine lactoferrin induced growth arrest of tumor cells. This growth arrest was associated with induction of G1 arrest. Furthermore, this effect was stronger in tumor cells than in normal cells. These findings demonstrate that bovine lactoferrin has anti-tumor activity in canine mammary tumors and has the potential for use in tumor-bearing dogs.