Hiroshi Kobayashi, Kenichi Matsunaga,1 and Yoshiharu Oguchi
P5K, a protein-bound polysaccharide obtained from cultured mycelia of Coriolus versicolor in basidiomycetes, is a biological response modifier, diverse operations of which include an antitumor action. We have previously reviewed recent research which had demonstrated that in animals, P5K has a preventive effect on chemical carcinogen-induced, radiation induced, and spontaneously developed carcinogenesis (Kobayashi et aL, Cancer Epidemiol., Biomarkers & Prey., 2: 271-276, 1993). We now focus on the effects of PSK once the progression of carcinogenesis has begun, and review what is now known of the preventive action of PSK on cancer metastasis.
The anticancer effects of PSP purified products, PSP-A, PSP-B, PSP-C and crude product PSP-Cr and KS-2 were compared on four human tumor cell lines in vitro. It was found that the inhibition rate of cell proliferation of PSP-A was higher than that of PSP-Cr, PSP-B and PSP-C (P<0.05). On SPC cells, the inhibition rate of PSP-A at a dosage of 1000ug/ml was 62.7%, being the highest as compared with those on the other three cell lines.
The effect of the inhibition of KS-2 on Mei tumorous cells is obvious. Its inhibition rate is 62.5%.
Morphological changes were seen in all the four cell lines, especially in SPC cells after PSP-A treatment.
Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR, China.
Polysaccharide peptide (PSP), isolated from Coriolus versicolor COV-1, has been previously shown to have immuno-stimulatory, anti-tumour and analgesic effects in animal models. When used as an adjunct in cancer chemotherapy in clinical trials carried out in China, PSP improved the quality of life in the patients by improving appetite and alleviating symptoms associated with cancer chemotherapy. In this study, the effects of non-toxic doses of PSP on phase I metabolism was investigated in the rat, using the conventional probe antipyrine. Acute PSP (3-5 micromol/kg, i.p.) treatment did not produce significant changes in antipyrine clearance. Sub-chronic treatment with PSP (1-3 micromol/kg/day, i.p., 3 days) decreased the antipyrine clearance (30-35%), with an increase in the plasma half-life (T1/2) by 55% and an increase in the area under concentration-time curve (AUC) by 61%. Total hepatic cytochrome P450 (P450) was dose-dependently decreased (32-54%) after sub-chronic, but not the acute treatment of PSP. Given that PSP can affect phase I metabolism and hepatic cytochrome P450 content, the concomitant use of PSP with other therapeutic agents that undergo phase I metabolism should be carefully monitored.
The Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases and Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68198, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
VPS, a hot water extract of the Coriolus versicolor mushroom, was given at a 2% dose level in the diet of female Swiss Webster CFW outbred mice in a serial sacrifice experiment. The mice were also administered either 1,2-dimethylhydrazine dihydrochloride (1,2-DMH) as ten weekly subcutaneous (s.c) injections of 20 microg/g body weight or physiological saline (PS) as ten weekly (s.c) injections of 0.01 ml/g body weight. The animals were sacrificed at 26 weeks or 35 weeks after the first injection of 1,2-DMH or PS. The number of mice with large intestinal tumors and the total number of these tumors were: Group I (1,2-DMH), 29 and 438; Group 2 (VPS + 1,2-DMH), 29 and 344; Group 3 (VPS + PS), 0 and 0; and Group 4 (PS), I and 1, in the mice sacrificed at 26 weeks. The corresponding tumor incidences in mice sacrificed at 35 weeks were: Group 1 (1,2-DMH), 30 and 323; Group 2 (VPS + 1,2-DMH), 29 and 521; Group 3 (VPS + PS), 1 and 2; and Group 4 (PS), 0 and 0. Histopathologically, the tumors were diagnosed as polypoid adenomas and adenocarcinomas of the cecum, colon and rectum. Contrary to expectations, the VPS treatment enhanced the development of large intestinal tumors induced by 1,2-DMH in animals sacrificed at 35 weeks after the first injection of the carcinogen.
Department of Immunology, Institute for Biological Research Sinisa Stankovi?, Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia.
Numerous studies have shown immunostimulatory and anti-tumor effects of water and standardized aqueous ethanol extracts derived from the medicinal mushroom, Coriolus versicolor, but the biological activity of methanol extracts has not been examined so far. In the present study we investigated the anti-tumor effect of C. versicolor methanol extract (which contains terpenoids and polyphenols) on B16 mouse melanoma cells both in vitro and in vivo. In vitro treatment of the cells with the methanol extract (25-1600 microg/ml) reduced melanoma cell viability in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, in the presence of the methanol extract (200 microg/ml, concentration IC(50)) the proliferation of B16 cells was arrested in the G(0)/G(1) phase of the cell cycle, followed by both apoptotic and secondary necrotic cell death. In vivo methanol extract treatment (i.p. 50 mg/kg, for 14 days) inhibited tumor growth in C57BL/6 mice inoculated with syngeneic B16 tumor cells. Moreover, peritoneal macrophages collected 21 days after tumor implantation from methanol extract-treated animals exerted stronger tumoristatic activity ex vivo than macrophages from control melanoma-bearing mice. Taken together, our results demonstrate that C. versicolor methanol extract exerts pronounced anti-melanoma activity, both directly through antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects on tumor cells and indirectly through promotion of macrophage anti-tumor activity.