Abstract Title:

Dietary carotenoids in cancer chemoprevention and chemotherapy: A review of emerging evidence.

Abstract Source:

Pharmacol Res. 2020 Jul ;157:104830. Epub 2020 Apr 25. PMID: 32344050

Abstract Author(s):

Ramesh Kumar Saini, Young-Soo Keum, Maria Daglia, Kannan Rr Rengasamy

Article Affiliation:

Ramesh Kumar Saini


In recent years, natural products have reemerged as biotherapeutic options, with several dietary carotenoids, viz. astaxanthin, fucoxanthin, siphonaxanthin,β-cryptoxanthin, α-carotene, β-carotene, and lycopene, developing as potential candidates for chemoprevention and chemotherapeutics of breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers. The potent cytotoxic and antiproliferative effects of carotenoids against various cancer cells are mediated by a wide range of molecular mechanisms modulating oxidative stress and redox balance, mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) and other cellular signaling proteins, transcription factors, caspase cascade pathways of apoptosis, cell cycle progression and proliferation, angiogenesis, metastasis, gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC), and multidrug resistance (MDR). This review discusses recent evidence demonstrating the crucial roles of carotenoids in these cellular and molecular events of cancer cell cytotoxicity. In addition, recent case-control and cohort studies are discussed to support the potential role of carotenoids in cancer prevention and therapy.

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