Thermally Processed Oil Exaggerates Colonic Inflammation and Colitis-Associated Colon Tumorigenesis in Mice

Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2019 Nov;12(11):741-750. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-19-0226. Epub 2019 Aug 23.


Frying in vegetable oil is a popular cooking and food processing method worldwide; as a result, the oils used for frying are widely consumed by the general public and it is of practical importance to better understand their health impacts. To date, the effects of frying oil consumption on human health are inconclusive, making it difficult to establish dietary recommendations or guidelines. Here we show that dietary administration of frying oil, which was prepared under the conditions of good commercial practice, exaggerated dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis and azoxymethane (AOM)/DSS-induced colon tumorigenesis in mice. In addition, dietary administration of frying oil impaired intestinal barrier function, enhanced translocation of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and bacteria from the gut into the systemic circulation, and increased tissue inflammation. Finally, to explore the potential compounds involved in the actions of the frying oil, we isolated polar compounds from the frying oil and found that administration of the polar compounds exacerbated DSS-induced colitis in mice. Together, our results showed that dietary administration of frying oil exaggerated development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and IBD-associated colon tumorigenesis in mice, and these effects could be mediated by the polar compounds in the frying oil.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Azoxymethane / toxicity*
  • Carcinogens / toxicity
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / chemically induced
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / pathology*
  • Colitis / chemically induced
  • Colitis / complications
  • Colitis / pathology*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / etiology
  • Colonic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Dextran Sulfate / toxicity*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Hot Temperature / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / chemically induced
  • Inflammation / complications
  • Inflammation / pathology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Oils / administration & dosage
  • Oils / adverse effects*


  • Carcinogens
  • Oils
  • Dextran Sulfate
  • Azoxymethane