Quercetin enhances pretumorous lesions in the NMU model of rat pancreatic carcinogenesis

Nelso N. Barotto, Cristina B. López, Aldo R. Eynard, Martín E. Fernández Zapico, Mirta A. Valentich

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The effect of dietary quercetin (Q) was evaluated in rats treated with nitrosomethylurea (NMU). Pancreatic nodules and focal acinar cell hyperplasias were observed in groups treated with NMU (87%) and Q-NMU (100%). Although rats with dysplastic foci (27%) were found in the NMU-treated group, Q-NMU treatment resulted in a significantly higher number of rats with dysplastic foci (73%). Furthermore, carcinomas in situ (12%) and one microcarcinoma (4%) were found in these animals. Mitosis was significantly increased and apoptosis was diminished in focal acinar cell hyperplasias of the Q-NMU group. Our present results support a promoting and progressing effect of quercetin in the NMU model of rat pancreatic carcinogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 3 1998


  • Nitrosomethylurea
  • Pancreatic carcinogenesis
  • Progression
  • Promotion
  • Quercetin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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