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A novel plant toxin, persin, with in vivo activity in the mammary gland, induces Bim-dependent apoptosis in human breast cancer cells

Butt, Alison J; Roberts, Caroline G; Seawright, Alan A; Oelrichs, Peter B; MacLeod, John; Liaw, Tracy Y E; Kavallaris, Maria; Somers-Edgar, Tiffany J; Lehrbach, Gillian M; Watts, Colin K; Sutherland, Robert L


Phytochemicals have provided an abundant and effective source of therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Here we describe the characterization of a novel plant toxin, persin, with in vivo activity in the mammary gland and a p53-, estrogen receptor-, and Bcl-2-independent mode of action. Persin was previously identified from avocado leaves as the toxic principle responsible for mammary gland-specific necrosis and apoptosis in lactating livestock. Here we used a lactating mouse model to confirm...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
DOI: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-06-0170


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