DIM Promotes Immune Function

Diindolylmethane inhibits cervical dysplasia, alters estrogen metabolism, and enhances immune response in the K14-HPV16 transgenic mouse model.

Sepkovic DW, Stein J, Carlisle AD, Ksieski HB, Auborn K, Bradlow HL.

The David and Alice Jurist Institute for Research, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601, USA.

Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Nov;18(11):2957-64.

This study was designed to establish whether 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM) can inhibit cervical lesions, alter estrogen metabolism in favor of C-2 hydroxylation, and enhance immune function in the K14-HPV16 transgenic mouse model. Mice were bred, genotyped, implanted with E(2) pellets (0.25 mg/90-day release) under anesthesia, and divided into groups. Wild-type and transgenic mice were given either AIN76A diet alone or with 2,000 ppm DIM for 12 weeks. Blood and reproductive tracts were obtained. Blood was analyzed for estrogen metabolites and IFN-gamma. The cervical transformation zone was sectioned and stained for histology. Estradiol C-2 hydroxylation and serum IFN-gamma levels were significantly increased over controls in wild-type and transgenic mice receiving DIM. In wild-type mice without DIM, hyperplasia of the squamous epithelium was observed. Wild-type mice fed DIM displayed a normal thin epithelium. In transgenic mice without DIM, epithelial cell projections into the stroma (papillae) were present. An additional degree of nuclear anaplasia in the stratum espinosum was observed. Dysplastic cells were present. Transgenic mice fed DIM displayed some mild hyperplasia of the squamous epithelium. DIM increases estrogen C-2 hydroxylation in this model. Serum INF-gamma was increased, indicating increased immune response in the DIM-fed animals. Histopathology showed a marked decrease in cervical dsyplasia in both wild-type and transgenic mice, indicating that DIM delays or inhibits the progression from cervical dysplasia to cervical cancer. Using the K14-HPV16 transgenic mouse model, we have shown that DIM inhibits the development of E6/E7 oncogene-induced cervical lesions.

PMID: 19861518 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Activation and potentiation of interferon-gamma signaling by 3,3'-diindolylmethane in MCF-7 breast cancer cells.

Riby JE, Xue L, Chatterji U, Bjeldanes EL, Firestone GL, Bjeldanes LF.

Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-3104, USA.

Mol Pharmacol. 2006 Feb;69(2):430-9. Epub 2005 Nov 2.

3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM), a natural autolytic product in plants of the Brassica genus, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, exhibits promising cancer protective activities, especially against mammary neoplasia in animal models. We observed previously that DIM induced a G(1) cell-cycle arrest and strong induction of cell-cycle inhibitor p21 expression and promoter activity in both estrogen-responsive and -independent breast cancer cell lines. We showed recently that DIM up-regulates the expression of interferon gamma (IFNgamma) in human MCF-7 breast cancer cells. This novel effect may contribute to the anticancer effects of DIM because IFNgamma plays an important role in preventing the development of primary and transplanted tumors. In this study, we observed that DIM activated the IFNgamma signaling pathway in human breast cancer cells. DIM activated the expression of the IFNgamma receptor (IFNGR1) and IFNgamma-responsive genes p56- and p69-oligoadenylate synthase (OAS). In cotreatments with IFNgamma, DIM produced an additive activation of endogenous p69-OAS and of an OAS-Luc reporter and a synergistic activation of a GAS-Luc reporter. DIM synergistically augmented the IFNgamma induced phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription factor 1, further evidence of DIM activation of the IFNgamma pathway. DIM and IFNgamma produced an additive inhibition of cell proliferation and a synergistic increase in levels of major histocompatibility complex class-1 (MHC-1) expression, accompanied by increased levels of mRNAs of MHC-1-associated proteins and transporters. These results reveal novel immune activating and potentiating activities of DIM in human tumor cells that may contribute to the established effectiveness of this dietary indole against various tumors types.

PMID: 16267208 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


DIM stimulates IFNgamma gene expression in human breast cancer cells via the specific activation of JNK and p38 pathways.

Xue L, Firestone GL, Bjeldanes LF.

Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, 119 Morgan Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3104, USA.

Oncogene. 2005 Mar 31;24(14):2343-53.

3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a promising anticancer agent derived from Brassica vegetables, but the mechanisms of DIM action are largely unknown. We have shown that DIM can upregulate the expression and stimulate the secretion of interferon-gamma (IFNgamma) in the human MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. This novel effect may provide important clues to explain the anticancer effects of DIM because it is well known that IFNgamma plays an important role in preventing the development of primary and transplanted tumors. Utilizing promoter deletions, we show here that the region between -108 and -36 bp in the IFNgamma promoter, which contains two conserved and essential regulatory elements, is required for DIM-induced IFNgamma expression. DIM activates both JNK and p38 pathways, induces the phosphorylation of c-Jun and ATF-2, and increases the binding of the homodimer or heterodimer of c-Jun/ATF-2 to the proximal AP-1.CREB-ATF-binding element. Moreover, studies with specific enzyme inhibitors showed that up-stream Ca2+-dependent kinase(s) is required for the inducing effects of DIM in MCF-7 cells. These results establish that DIM-induced IFNgamma expression in human breast tumor cells is mediated by activation of both JNK and p38 pathways, which is ultimately dependent on intracellular calcium signaling.

PMID: 15735741 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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