Cytotoxic effects of cantharidin on the growth of normal and carcinoma cells.

Cantharidin is isolated from Mylabris phalerata Pallas and is a potent inhibitor of hepatocellular carcinoma cells (Hep 3B cells). In the present study, the IC(50) values of cantharidin on Hep 3B cells and normal Chang liver cells were found to be 2.2 and 30.2 microM for 36 h, respectively. Furthermore, cantharidin-treated Hep 3B cells induced cell death… CONTINUE READING