Phellinus Linteus Extract Sensitizes Advanced Prostate Cancer Cells to Apoptosis in Athymic Nude Mice

Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
PLoS ONE (Impact Factor: 3.23). 03/2010; 5(3):e9885. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009885
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Phellinus linteus (PL) mushroom possesses anti-tumor property. We previously reported that the treatment with PL caused cultured human prostate cancer cells to undergo apoptosis. To further studying the mechanisms of PL-mediated apoptosis, we performed xenograft assay, together with in vitro assays, to evaluate the effect of PL on the genesis and progression of the tumors formed from the inoculation of prostate cancer PC3 or DU145 cells. After the inoculation, nude mice were injected with PL every two days for 12 days. Although PL treatment did not prevent the formation of the inoculated tumors, the growth rate of the tumors after PL treatment was dramatically attenuated. We then tested the effect of PL on the tumors 12 days after the inoculation. After inoculated tumors reached a certain size, PL was administrated to the mice by subcutaneous injection. The histochemistry or immunochemistry analysis showed that apoptosis occurred with the activation of caspase 3 in the tumors formed by inoculating prostate cancer DU145 or PC3 cells. The data was in a good agreement with that from cultured cells. Thus, our in vivo study suggests that PL not only is able to attenuate tumor growth, but also to cause tumor regression by inducing apoptosis.

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    • "A partially purified P. linteus polysaccharide extract significantly prolonged the survival rate of B16F10 melanoma implanted mice, inhibited tumor growth in NCI-H23 implanted nude mice, and reduced the pulmonary metastasis frequency of melanoma [12]. It could sensitize human prostate cancer cells to apoptosis both in vitro[13] and in vivo in nude mice [14]. Many cancer cell lines showed growth inhibition or apoptosis when treated by partially purified ethanol extracts of P. linteus and by the phenolic compounds hispolon or inotilone derived from these extracts [15]. "
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    ABSTRACT: The differentiation resp. death of human monocytic THP-1 cells induced by polysaccharide extracts of the medicinal mushrooms Phellinus linteus, Agaricus bisporus and Agaricus brasiliensis have been studied. This study aims to identify leads for the causal effects of these mushroom components on cell differentiation and death. THP-1 cells were treated with different polysaccharide extracts of mushrooms and controls. Morphological effects were observed by light microscopy. Flow cytometry was applied to follow the cell differentiation by cell cycle shifts after staining with propidium iodide, changes of mitochondrial membrane potential after incubation with JC-1, and occurrence of intracellular reactive oxygen species after incubation with hydroethidine. Principal component analysis of the data was performed to evaluate the cellular effects of the different treatments. P. linteus polysaccharide extracts induced dose-dependent apoptosis of THP-1 cells within 24 h, while A. bisporus and A. brasiliensis polysaccharide extracts caused differentiation into macrophages. A pure P. linteus polysaccharide had no effect. Apoptosis was inhibited by preincubating THP-1 cells with human serum. The principal component analysis revealed that P. linteus, A. bisporus and A. brasiliensis polysaccharide extracts increased reactive oxygen species production. Both A. bisporus and A. brasiliensis polysaccharide extracts decreased the mitochondrial membrane potential, while this was increased by P. linteus polysaccharide extracts. P. linteus polysaccharide extracts caused apoptosis of THP-1 monocytes while A. bisporus and A. brasiliensis polysaccharide extracts caused these cells to differentiate into macrophages. The protective effects of human serum suggested that P. linteus polysaccharide extract induced apoptosis by extrinsic pathway, i.e. by binding to the TRAIL receptor. The mitochondrial membrane potential together with reactive oxygen species seems to play an important role in cell differentiation and cell death.
    Chinese Medicine 12/2013; 8(1):25. DOI:10.1186/1749-8546-8-25 · 1.49 Impact Factor
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    • "Phellinus linteus contains various nutrients including saccharides, proteins, vitamins, minerals and large amounts of β-glucan. Recently, Phellinus linteus has been used as health food and medicine for cancer treatment [11-13]. Currently, there are ongoing researches on benign prostatic hyperplasia in Korea and other countries. "
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    ABSTRACT: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one of the most common diseases among elderly men. As the old-age population is increasing recently, it is to our interest to observe the growing BPH within them. In BPH, the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) acts as promotes prostate growth. It inhibits enzyme 5α-reductase that is involved in the conversion of testosterone to the DHT activity which reduces the excessive prostate growth. Through experiments, the effects of Phellius linteus water extract performed on the BPH rats were induced by testosterone treatments. For 12 weeks, Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with testosterone for the induction of BPH. Rats were divided into four experimental groups: the not treated group (N), the testosterone injection and D.W treatment group (TN), the testosterone injection and Phellinus linteus treatment group (TP) and testosterone injection and finasteride treatment group (TF). Prostate weight, volume and weight ratio in the TP group and the TF group were significantly lower than the TN group. Testosterone and DHT levels in the TN group were significantly higher than that of the N group. And the TP group was significantly decreased than that of the TN group. While prostates of control rats revealed severe acinar gland atrophy and stromal proliferation; the TP and TF groups showed trophic symptoms and were lined by flattened epithelial cells, thus, the stromal proliferation is relatively low as compared to the TN group. These suggest that Phellinus linteus water extracts may be an useful remedy for treating the benign prostatic hyperplasia.
    Nutrition research and practice 06/2013; 7(3):172-7. DOI:10.4162/nrp.2013.7.3.172 · 1.44 Impact Factor
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    • "Among them, edible mushrooms are known to be a rich source of anticancer agents, with their polysaccharides and polysaccharide-protein complexes being the most efficacious ones [12], [13]. Numerous reports have demonstrated the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activities of polysaccharides isolated from edible mushrooms such as Lentinula edodes, Agaricus blazei and Phellinus linteus against different human cancer cells [14]–[18]. A recent study demonstrated that crude extract of polysaccharide from Phellinus linteus inhibited the phosphorylation of AKT in breast cancer cells [19]. "
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    PLoS ONE 03/2012; 7(3):e34406. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0034406 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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