The Effect of (E)-1-(4’-aminophenyl)-3-phenylprop-2-en-1-one on MicroRNA-18a, Dicer1, and MMP-9 Expressions against DMBA-Induced Breast Cancer

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Histology, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia.

2 Department of Anatomical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia.

3 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia.

4 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

5 Department of Histology and Cell Biology,Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

6 Department of Pharmacology and Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


Background: Most of breast cancer patients are estrogen receptor alpha-positive and have high resistance and side effect of chemotherapeutic drug. Therefore, discovering an effective anticancer agent is needed. This research explored the effect of (E)-1-(4’-aminophenyl)-3-phenylprop-2-en-1-one (APE) on miR-18a, Dicer1, and MMP-9 expressions. Methods: Twenty four female Sprague-Dawley rats were invetigated in this study. The rats were divided into 6 groups of 4. G1 was considered as normal rat. G2, G3, T1, T2, and T3 were given DMBA 20 mg/kgBW twice a week for 5 weeks to induce mammary cancer. After being affiliated with cancer, G2 was given vehicle and G3 was treated with tamoxifen. T1, T2, and T3 were treated with APE intraperitoneally everyday for 21 days at doses of 5, 15, and 45 mg/kgBW/day, respectively. Blood plasma was collected to measure miR-18a expression using qRT-PCR. Mammary tissues were also collected to determine Dicer1 and MMP-9 expressions by using  immunohistochemistry. Results: The results showed significant down-regulation of miR-18a relative expression and up-regulation of Dicer1 expression in G3 and T1 compared to G2 (P<0.05). MMP-9 expression has significant decrease in T1 compared to G2 (P<0.05). Conclusion: APE can decrease miR-18a and MMP-9 expressions and increase Dicer1 expression in rat mammary cancer. Therefore, this compound could be a candidate of novel anticancer.


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