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Representatives of three species of strawberries (Fragaria virginiana, F. chiloensis and F. ×ananassa) were evaluated for antioxidant capacity, scavenging capacity for reactive oxygen species (ROO·, ·OH, 1O2 and O2 .-), and inhibitory effect on proliferation of A549 human lung epithelial cancer cells. Differences among the strawberry genotypes were observed for all three qualities. High antioxidant and scavenging capacities were found in `CFRA 0982', `JP 95-1-1', NC 95-19-1 and RH 30. Lowest antioxidant and scavenging capacities were found in `Allstar'. There was also a relationship between scavenging capacity and the inhibition of cancer cell proliferation. The correlations (R 2) between the scavenging capacities for the reactive oxygen species and the inhibition of cancer cell proliferation were 0.8074, 0.8279, 0.7862 and 0.7761 for ROO·, ·OH, 1O2 and O2 .-, respectively. These results suggest that antioxidants, specifically their scavenging capacities, may play an important role in the antiproliferative activity of strawberries. This study also identified strawberry germplasm of value in developing cultivars useful for cancer prevention.

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The effects of lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) extracts on activator protein-1 (AP-1), nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) were evaluated. Pretreatment of JB6 P+ mouse epidermal cells with lingonberry extracts produced a dose-dependent inhibition of AP-1 and NF-κB induced by either 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) or ultraviolet-B (UVB) light. Lingonberry extracts blocked UVB-induced phosphorylation of MAPK family members ERK1, ERK2, and p38, but not JNK. Lingonberry extracts also prevented TPA-induced phosphorylation of ERK1 and ERK2. Results of soft agar assays indicated that lingonberry extracts suppressed TPA-induced neoplastic transformation of JB6 P+

cells in a dose-dependent manner. Lingonberry extracts also induced the apoptosis of human leukemia HL-60 cells in a dose-independent manner. These results suggest that ERK1 and ERK2 may be inhibited by lingonberries, which results in suppression of AP-1 and neoplastic transformation in JB6 P+ cells and causes cancer cell death by an apoptotic mechanism in human leukemia HL-60 cells.

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