Anticancer Potential of Valencia Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Skin Extract against Cervical Cancer Cells In Vitro and in Nude Mouse Xenograft Models

Year Published: 2024




Jarckrit Jeeunngoi ORCID logo , Gulsiri Senawong , Sanun Jogloy , Jeerati Prompipak , Arunta Samankul , Suppawit Utaiwat ORCID logo , Khanutsanan Woranam , Banchob Sripa ORCID logo , Thanaset Senawong * ORCID logo


This study aimed at investigating the effects of Valencia KK4-type peanut skin ethanolic extract (KK4-PSE) in combination with cisplatin or 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) against HeLa cells in vitro and in xenograft models.

Key Findings

Key Findings: MTT assay showed that KK4-PSE, cisplatin, and 5-FU suppressed proliferation of HeLa cells in a dose and time dependent manner. Drug interactions by Chou-Talalay method demonstrated that KK4-PSE enhanced antiproliferative activity of 5-FU against HeLa cells with combination index (CI) values of 0.49 (48 h) and 0.60 (72 h), indicating a synergistic effect, while KK4-PSE combined with cisplatin exhibited an additive effect (CI = 1.02) (72 h) and antagonistic effect at 24 and 48 h exposures (CI = 1.12 and 1.18, respectively). In nude mouse xenograft models, the combination of 5-FU and KK4-PSE markedly reduced HeLa tumor weights compared with control and single agent treatments. The combination of KK4-PSE and 5-FU achieved greater tumor growth inhibition than that of the KK4-PSE-cisplatin combination. KK4-PSE mitigated hepatotoxicity induced by both cisplatin and 5-FU in nude mice. The spleen hyaloserositis was significantly reduced in the combination treatment of 5-FU and KK4-PSE. These findings suggest a potential of KK4-PSE to inhibit cervical cancer cell growth while alleviating the toxicities of cisplatin and 5-FU.