Abstract Title:

Estrogen receptor-β mediates the inhibition of DLD-1 human colon adenocarcinoma cells by soy isoflavones.

Abstract Source:

Nutr Cancer. 2011 Jan;63(1):139-50. PMID: 21161820

Abstract Author(s):

Agnieszka Bielecki, Jennifer Roberts, Rekha Mehta, Jayadev Raju

Article Affiliation:

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, Toxicology Research Division, Ottawa, Ontario.


To understand the relationship between the role of soy isoflavones and estrogen receptor (ER)-β in colon tumorigenesis, we investigated the cellular effects of soy isoflavones (composed of genistein, daidzein, and glycitein) in DLD-1 human colon adenocarcinoma cells with or without ER-β gene silencing by RNA interference (RNAi). Soy isoflavones decreased the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)-1/2, AKT, and nuclear factor (NF)-κB. Soy isoflavones dose-dependently caused G2/M cell cycle arrest and downregulated the expression of cyclin A. This was associated with inhibition of cyclin dependent kinase (CDK)-4 and up-regulation of its inhibitor p21(cip1) expressions. ER-β gene silencing lowered soy isoflavone-mediated suppression of cell viability and proliferation. ERK-1/2 and AKT expressions were unaltered and NF-κB was modestly upregulated by soy isoflavones after transient knockdown of ER-β expression. Soy isoflavone-mediated arrest of cells at G2/M phase and upregulation of p21(cip1) expression were not observed when ER-β gene was silenced. These findings suggest that maintaining the expression of ER-β is crucial in mediating the growth-suppressive effects of soy isoflavones against colon tumors. Thus upregulation of ER-β status by specific food-borne ER-ligands such as soy isoflavones could potentially be a dietary prevention or therapeutic strategy for colon cancer.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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