Mastic oil inhibits the metastatic phenotype of mouse lung adenocarcinoma cells

Heleni Loutrari, Sophia Magkouta, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Charis Roussos

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Mastic oil from Pistacia lentiscus variation chia, a natural combination of bioactive terpenes, has been shown to exert anti-tumor growth effects against a broad spectrum of cancers including mouse Lewis lung adenocarcinomas (LLC). However, no studies have addressed its anti-metastatic actions. In this study, we showed that treatment of LLC cells with mastic oil within a range of non-toxic concentrations (0.01-0.04% v/v): (a) abrogated their Matrigel invasion and migration capabilities in transwell assays; (b) reduced the levels of secreted MMP-2; (c) restricted phorbol ester-induced actin remodeling and (d) limited the length of neo-vessel networks in tumor microenvironment in the model of chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane. Moreover, exposure of LLC and endothelial cells to mastic oil impaired their adhesive interactions in a co-culture assay and reduced the expression of key adhesion molecules by endothelial cells upon their stimulation with tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Overall, this study provides novel evidence supporting a multipotent role for mastic oil in prevention of crucial processes related to cancer metastasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-801
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion
  • Angiogenesis
  • Invasion
  • Lung cancer
  • Mastic plant essential oil
  • Motility
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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