Effect of dietary conjugated linoleic acid on the in vivo growth of rat hepatoma dRLh-84

Masao Yamasaki, Atsushi Ikeda, Akira Hirao, Yoko Tanaka, Yoshiyuki Miyazaki, Tatsuya Rikimaru, Mitsuo Shimada, Keizo Sugimachi, Hirofumi Tachibana, Koji Yamada

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We examined the effect of dietary conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) on the growth of injected hepatoma dRLh-84 in Donryu rats. After experimental diets containing 0% or 2% CLA were given to male Donryu rats for 3 wk, dRLh-84 cells were injected into the left lobe of the hepatic capsule, and the experimental diet was continued. The cells formed a solid tumor ≥1 wk after the injection, and thereafter the tumor grew with feeding duration. In a morphological study, this tumor appeared to be a low-differentiated hepatoma, and there was no remarkable difference in the morphology of the tumor between 0% and 2% CLA groups. Tumor weight was significantly higher in the 2% CLA group than in the 0% CLA group throughout the feeding period after the injection. Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase activities were significantly higher in 2% CLA-injected rats than in 0% CLA-injected rats at 3 wk after the injection. CLA upregulated acyl-CoA oxidase activity, especially 1 wk after the injection. However, dietary CLA did not activate carnitine palmitoyl transferase II, which is a rate-limiting enzyme in the mitochondrial β-oxidation pathway. Natural killer cell activity in the spleen tended to be higher in injected rats, but a significant effect of dietary CLA was not recognized. Serum interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α levels were higher in injected than in sham rats. More-over, these levels were higher in 2% CLA groups than in the respective 0% CLA groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-148
Number of pages9
JournalNutrition and Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Oncology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Cancer Research


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