Cancer Research


Product No. A2853

Azoxymethane (AOM) is a potent carcinogen used to induce colon cancer in rats and mice. It has been used in studies evaluating efficacy of preventative treatment for azoxymethane-induced carcinogenesis.1,2,3 Azoxymethane is also commonly used to determine the chemopreventative effectiveness of particular foods such as undigestable sugars4,5, red meat6, and green tea7 among others in rodent models. These rodent model results aid in the identification of possible preventative approaches to human colon cancer.8

Changes or abnormalities in transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling are detected in tumors developed by mice treated with AOM.9,10 Treatment with azoxymethane activates intrinsic tyrosine kinase of EGF receptor while stimulating the synthesis of TGF-alpha.11

The cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) inhibitor NS-398 (Product No. N194) reduces the incidence of preneoplastic cells in rats treated with azoxymethane.12


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  12. Kishimoto, Y., et al., Effects of cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor NS-398 on APC and c-myc expression in rat colon carcinogenesis induced by azoxymethane. J. Gastroenterol., 37: 186-93 (2002).

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