Benzyl isothiocyanate induces apoptosis and inhibits tumor growth in canine mammary carcinoma via down-regulation of the cyclin B1/Cdk1 pathway

Nan Cheng, Hongxiu Diao, Zhaoyan Lin, Jiafeng Gao, Ying Zhao, Weijiao Zhang, Qi Wang, Jiahao Lin, Di Zhang, Yipeng Jin, Yongping Bao, Degui Lin

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Background: Canine mammary carcinoma is common in female dogs, and its poor prognosis remains a serious clinical challenge, especially in developing countries. Benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC) has attracted great interest because of its inhibitory effect against tumor activity. However, its effect and the underlying mechanisms of action in canine mammary cancer are not well-understood. Here, we show that BITC suppresses mammary tumor growth, both in vivo and in vitro, and reveal some of the potential mechanisms involved. Methods: The effect of BITC on canine mammary cancer was evaluated on CIPp and CMT-7364, canine mammary carcinoma lines. The cell lines were treated with BITC and then subjected to wound healing and invasion assays. Cell cycles and apoptosis were measured using flow cytometry; TUNEL assay; immunohistochemistry (IHC) for caspase 3, caspase 9, and cyclin D1; hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining; and/or quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Results: BITC showed a strong suppressive effect in both CIPp and CMT-7364 cells by inhibiting cell growth in vitro; these effects were both dose- and time-dependent. BITC also inhibited migration and invasion of CIPp and CMT-7364 cells. BITC induced G2 arrest and apoptosis, decreasing tumor growth in nude mice by downregulation of cyclin B1 and Cdk1 expression. Conclusion: BITC suppressed both invasion and migration of CIPp and CMT-7364 cells and induced apoptosis. BITC inhibited canine mammary tumor growth by suppressing cyclinB1 and Cdk1 expression in nude mice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number580530
JournalFrontiers in Veterinary Science
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2020


  • BITC
  • apoptosis
  • cyclin B1
  • canine mammary tumor
  • Cdk1

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