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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 50  |  Page : 380-384

The effects of Erzincan grape (Vitis vinifera spp., Cimin) and benzothiazol on a Caenorhabditis elegans organism model

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey
2 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey

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Necati Ozpinar
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.210164

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Background: Grapes and their products are known to have been used for the treatment of diseases throughout history. Objective: It was aimed to investigate the effects of Erzincan Cimin grapes on an organism model of Caenorhabditis elegans N2 wild type and C. elegans BS913 strains with gonad cancer. Materials and Methods: The effects of methanol extracts of the skin and seeds of Erzincan Cimin grapes were examined separately on C. elegans N2 wild type and an effect was determined on lifespan. By applying GS-MS analysis, a potential agent substance was determined in the skin and seed methanol extracts. This substance was purchased and the effects of this substance were investigated on lifespan and fertility in C. elegans BS913 strains with gonad cancer. In addition, the effects on young subjects exposed to this agent substance in L1 form were investigated. Results: Grape seed and skin methanol extract was observed to prolong the lifespan most at a dose of 10 mg/100 mL. Lifespan was determined to be at a maximum in a gonad cancer organism model with benzothiazol at a dose of 50 ppm. At the same dose, positive effects were determined on the fertility of strains with cancer. When the effects of benzothiazol were examined on young L1 forms, an evident retardation of growth was determined at doses of 10, 50, and 100 ppm. Conclusion: Owing to anti-carcinogenic effects of benzothiazol and benzothiazol-derived substances, they can be considered as agent substances in academic studies related to cancer. Abbreviations used: GC-MS: gas chromatography and mass spectrometry; C. elegans: Caenorhabditis elegans; NGM: Nematode growth medium; E. coli: Escherichia coli; FUDR: Fluorodeoxyuridine; LDL: Low-density lipoprotein.

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