Experimental studies of the inhibitory effects of green tea catechin on mice large intestinal cancers induced by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine

Cancer Lett. 1994 Apr 29;79(1):33-8. doi: 10.1016/0304-3835(94)90059-0.


Three hundred Kunming mice were randomly divided into six groups (half males and half females in each group). Group 1 was the positive control group, Groups 2, 3, 4 and 5 were experimental groups and Group 6 was used as the solvent control group. Mice in Groups 1-4 were injected with 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (1,2-DMH) (20 mg/kg body wt.) solution subcutaneously once a week from the 2nd week to the 20th week. From the 1st week to the 23rd week, mice in Groups 2, 3 and 4 were given catechin (1 mg/mouse), catechin (2 mg/mouse) and EGCG (2 mg/mouse), respectively, five times a week. Mice in Group 5 received only catechin (3 mg/mouse) five times a week from the 1st to the 23rd week. Mice in Group 6 were injected with an equal volume of 1 mmol EDTA solution subcutaneously once a week from the 2nd to the 20th week. At the end of the 27th week, all the mice were killed by cervical dislocation (Zhu, Q.H. and Zhu, Q.F. (1991) Laboratory Animal Science, 1st edition. The Junior Educational Publisher, Guangdong). Pathological examinations indicated that the incidence of large intestinal cancers occurring in Group 1 was 80%, significantly higher than that in Groups 2, 3 and 4 (p < 0.001). No tumors were found in Groups 5 and 6. This might suggest that green tea has preventive effects on large intestinal cancer induction in spite of the different doses of catechin. Immunohistochemistry studies showed that green tea catechins could enhance the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in tissues.

MeSH terms

  • 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine
  • Animals
  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Carcinogens / toxicity*
  • Carcinoma, Adenosquamous / chemically induced
  • Carcinoma, Adenosquamous / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Adenosquamous / prevention & control
  • Catechin / pharmacology*
  • Dimethylhydrazines / toxicity*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Erythrocytes / drug effects
  • Erythrocytes / enzymology
  • Female
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / chemically induced
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Intestine, Large / drug effects
  • Intestine, Large / enzymology
  • Intestine, Large / pathology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Superoxide Dismutase / metabolism
  • Tea*
  • Time Factors


  • Anticarcinogenic Agents
  • Carcinogens
  • Dimethylhydrazines
  • Tea
  • Catechin
  • Superoxide Dismutase
  • 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine