Synbiotics seem to protect against the appearance of preneoplastic colon lesions. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Beneficial effect of synbiotics on experimental colon cancer in rats.
Turk J Gastroenterol. 2018 07 ;29(4):494-501. PMID: 30249566
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of a synbiotic preparation (a mixture of six probiotics and a prebiotic) on aberrant crypt foci (ACF) formation, dysplasia, inflammation, and colitis-like lesions in experimental colon cancer in rats.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty male rats were categorized into three groups of 20 animals each. Group A was administered 1,2-dimethylydrazine, 15 mg/kg body weight (BW), once a week for 2 weeks. Group B was administered 1,2-dimethylydrazine at the same dose plus synbiotic, started after the second dose of carcinogen and lasted for 5 weeks. Group C was administered synbiotic plus carcinogen from the beginning of the experiment and lasted for 7 weeks. Animals were killed at the end of week 7.
RESULTS: At the end of the experiment, the animals that received carcinogen plus the synbiotic had 100%, whereas the animals that received only carcinogen has 70% survival. Animals of groups B and C had significantly lower percentage of inflammation, colitis-like lesions, and ACF dysplasia than animals of group A, whereas those of group C had the least pathological lesions.
CONCLUSION: Synbiotics seem to protect against the appearance of preneoplastic colon lesions in rats. The results of this experimental study suggest that treatment with a synbiotic preparation exerts significant antimutagenic properties against the development of preneoplastic lesions in rats.