Enhancement of erythrocyte antioxidants by green and black tea polyphenols during 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene-induced hamster buccal pouch carcinogenesis.
ABSTRACT We evaluated the comparative chemopreventive efficacy of green tea polyphenols (polyphenon-E) and black tea polyphenols (polyphenon-B) on 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced hamster buccal pouch (HBP) carcinogenesis. Lipid peroxidation, reduced and oxidized glutathione (GSH and GSSG, respectively), and the GSH-dependent enzymes glutathione peroxidase and glutathione S-transferase in the erythrocytes were used as biomarkers of chemoprevention. Enhanced lipid peroxidation in erythrocytes of DMBA-treated animals was accompanied by a significant decrease in the antioxidant status. Dietary administration of polyphenon-E and -B to DMBA-treated animals significantly decreased the extent of lipid peroxidation and enhanced the levels of GSH, GSH/GSSG ratio, and activities of GSH-dependent enzymes. Our study provides evidence that polyphenon-B is more effective in inhibiting HBP carcinogenesis than polyphenon-E by enhancing the antioxidant status, suggesting that polyphenon-B may have a major impact in the chemoprevention of oral cancer.