The combined anticancer of peanut skin procyanidins and resveratrol to CACO-2 colorectal cancer cells

Year Published: 2023


Food Science and Human Wellness


Na Wang, Hongtao Ren, Qingqing Liu, Enguang Gao, Chenxu Cui, Fan Wang, Chao Xu, Cancan Ning, Yuru Zheng


Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Currently, chemotherapy is the primary way for colorectal cancer, but with severe side effects. Therefore, it is urgent to find safer and more effective adjuvant treatment methods. At present, natural active substances are promising alternatives, as numerous studies have demonstrated possible synergistic anticancer effects in plant-active polyphe- nols. In the present study, the combined effect of procyanidins (PC) (from peanut skin) and resveratrol (RES) (from peanut buds) on the synergistic anticancer potential was investigated. CACO-2 and HCT-8 cells were served as colorectal cancer models, and HEPG-2 and HUH-7 cells were served as liver cancer models to observe the ef- fects of PC and RES alone or in combination on the growth and proliferation of these four types of cancer cells.

Key Findings

Key Findings: The results revealed that both PC and RES could inhibit the cells’ proliferation in a manner with concentration-dependent, but they exerted synergistic anticancer effects only on CACO-2 cells. PC and RES could synergisti- cally inhibit CACO-2 cell clone formation, inducing apoptosis of CACO-2 cells and blocking their cell cycle in G0/G1 phase. Additionally, as observed by the results of Western blot assay, the combined effect of PC and RES also inhibited the phospho- rylation of Thr308, Ser473, and ERK and promoted the phosphorylation of IKBα and NF-κB in CACO-2 cells. These findings collectively indicate that PC combined with RES might exert synergistic anticancer effects by regulating AKT, ERK, and NF-κB signaling pathways.