Antitumour Activities of Selected Pure Compounds Identified from the Serum of Crocodylus porosus, Malayopython reticulatus, Varanus salvator and Cuora kamaroma amboinensis

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia.

2 Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

3 College of Arts and Sciences, American University of Sharjah, University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.


Objectives: Here we determined antitumour effects of purified compounds such as Valdecoxib, Rofecoxib, L-Methionine and Artocarpin against cancer cell lines. Methods: Using purified compounds, assays were performed to determine their effects against cancer cell lines using growth inhibition assays, cytotoxicity assays, and cell survival assays against HeLa, PC3 and MCF7 cells. Results: The results showed that the selected small molecules L-Methionine, Rofecoxib, and Artocarpin suppressed the growth of more than 90% PC3 cells at 40µM. Similarly, Valdecoxib alone and in combination with other molecules exhibited potent growth inhibition and cytotoxicity against cancer cells tested. Peptide from the serum of M. reticulatus, demonstrated selective cytotoxicity against cancer cells without inhibiting the growth of normal cells. Conclusion: These findings are significant and provide a basis for the rational development of therapeutic anticancer agents, however intensive research is needed to determine in vivo effects of the identified molecules together with their mode of action to realize these expectations. 


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Volume 22, S1
February 2021
Pages 97-106
  • Receive Date: 27 July 2020
  • Revise Date: 05 January 2021
  • Accept Date: 12 February 2021
  • First Publish Date: 12 February 2021