Evaluation of Colocasia esculenta Schott in anti-cancerous properties with proximity extension assays

  • Liang Wu Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Screening, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing; and Department of Pharmacology, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Yuxuan Wang Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Screening, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Xiaoyan Wang Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Screening, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Jun Liao School of Basic Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Hao Dong Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Screening, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Xiyunyi Cai Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Screening, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Yurong Wang School of Basic Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
  • Harvest F. Gu School of Basic Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
Keywords: Colocasia esculenta Schott; Metabolism; Oncology, Proximity Extension Assay


Background: Colocasia esculenta Schott (called as Xiangshayu in Chinese) is an excellent local cultivar of the genus polymorpha in Jiangsu Province, China.

Objective: In the present study, we have performed a comparative study before and after dietary consumption with Colocasia esculenta Schott to evaluate its anti-cancerous properties.

Design: Forty-two healthy volunteers were recruited, and dietary consumption with 200 g of tap water cooked Colocasia esculenta Schott daily was conducted for 1 month. Plasma samples from the subjects before and after dietary consumption with Colocasia esculenta Schott were analyzed with proximity extension assays for the alteration of 92 proteins in relation with cancers, while blood samples were examined for physiological parameters with an automatic biochemical analyzer. Bioinformatic analyses were conducted using MalaCards and GEPIA.

Results: After taking dietary consumption with Colocasia esculenta Schott, circulating CYR61, ANXA1, and VIM protein levels in the subjects was found to be most significantly downregulated, while for ITGB5, EPHA2, and CEACAM1, it was upregulated. Alternation of these proteins was predicted to be associated with the development of tumors such as pancreatic adenocarcinoma and breast and prostate cancers.

Conclusion: The present study provides evidence that Colocasia esculenta Schott, as a healthy food, has anti-cancerous properties. Further investigation of phytochemistry in Colocasia esculenta Schott has been taken into our consideration.


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How to Cite
Wu, L., Wang, Y., Wang, X., Liao, J., Dong, H., Cai, X., Wang, Y., & Gu, H. F. (2021). Evaluation of <em>Colocasia esculenta</em&gt; Schott in anti-cancerous properties with proximity extension assays. Food & Nutrition Research, 65. https://doi.org/10.29219/fnr.v65.7549
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