Therapeutic Effect of Blueberry Extracts for Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Academic Article


  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive hematological malignancy with high incidence in the aging population. In addition, AML is one of the more common pediatric malignancies. Unfortunately, both of these patient groups are quite sensitive to chemotherapy toxicities. Investigation of blueberries specifically as an anti-AML agent has been limited, despite being a prominent natural product with no reported toxicity. In this study, blueberry extracts are reported for the first time to exert a dietary therapeutic effect in animal models of AML. Furthermore, in vitro studies revealed that blueberry extracts exerted anti-AML efficacy against myeloid leukemia cell lines as well as against primary AML, and specifically provoked Erk and Akt regulation within the leukemia stem cell subpopulation. This study provides evidence that blueberries may be unique sources for anti-AML biopharmaceutical compound discovery, further warranting fractionation of this natural product. More so, blueberries themselves may provide an intriguing dietary option to enhance the anti-AML efficacy of traditional therapy for subsets of patients that otherwise may not tolerate rigorous combinations of therapeutics.
  • Authors

  • McGill, Colin M
  • Brown, Timothy J
  • Cheng, Yuan-Yin
  • Fisher, Lindsey N
  • Shanmugavelandy, Sriram S
  • Gustafson, Sally J
  • Dunlap, Kriya L
  • Lila, Mary Ann
  • Kester, Mark
  • Toran, Paul T
  • Claxton, David F
  • Barth, Brian
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2018
  • Published In

  • Int J Biopharm Sci  Journal
  • Keywords

  • acute myeloid leukemia
  • blueberry
  • mouse models
  • Volume

  • 1
  • Issue

  • 1