Effect of asiaticoside on 99mTc-tetrofosmin and 99mTc-sestamibi uptake in MCF-7 cells

Fatma J. Al-Saeedi, Milad Sami Bitar, Smitha Pariyani

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This study was done to examine the effect of asiaticoside on MCF-7 cell uptake of 99mTc-tetrofosmin ( 99mTc-Tfos) and 99mTc-sestamibi ( 99mTc-MIBI). Methods: The 3-(4,5-dimethylthiozol- 2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay was used to evaluate the effect of a 50% inhibitory concentration of asiaticoside on MCF-7 cell proliferation. MCF-7 cells were treated with 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 μM asiaticoside for 48 h and then incubated with 59.2 MBq of either 99mTc-Tfos or 99mTc- MIBI tracer for 60 min. The uptake of the tracers was measured with a dose calibrator. Results: The 50% inhibitory concentration of asiaticoside for MCF-7 cells was determined with the MTT assay to be 40 μM. The uptake results were expressed as the mean ± SE radioactivity in MBq/mg of protein, and P values were also calculated (P values of 0.03 indicated significant differences). In the control (no asiaticoside) and at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 μM asiaticoside, the mean levels of 99mTc-Tfos uptake were 0.79 (SE, 0.059) (P = 0.14), 0.84 (SE, 0.057) (P = 0.60), 0.47 (SE, 0.034) (P = 0.03), 0.40 (SE, 0.050) (P = 0.03), 0.37 (SE, 0.050) (P = 0.03), and 0.15 (SE, 0.023) (P = 0.03), respectively; the mean levels of 99mTc-MIBI uptake were 0.95 (SE, 0.007) (P = 0.14), 0.81 (SE, 0.009) (P = 0.60), 0.79 (SE, 0.019) (P = 0.03), 0.63 (SE, 0.004) (P = 0.03), 0.13 (SE, 0.006) (P = 0.03), and 0.07 (SE, 0.008) (P = 0.03), respectively. Asiaticoside concentrations of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 μM revealed the uptake kinetics for both 99mTc-Tfos and 99mTc-MIBI in MCF-7 cells. 99mTc-Tfos and 99mTc-MIBI showed similar trends; the radioactivity uptake was dose dependent, and asiaticoside inhibited 16% and 47% of 99mTc-Tfos uptake and 99mTc-MIBI uptake in MCF-7 cells, respectively. Conclusion: This study showed that asiaticoside, acting as a biochemical modulator, may induce apoptosis and enhance antitumor activity in MCF-7 cells, as determined by 99mTc-Tfos and 99mTc-MIBI uptake. These findings are promising for cancer chemotherapy. Future studies should be performed to confirm our findings and to further delineate the clinical role of asiaticoside.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-283
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • Tc-sestamibi
  • Tc-tetrofosmin
  • Asiaticoside
  • MCF-7 cells


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