Chili Peppers: A Cure for Breast Cancer? Treating MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells with Capsaicin at Varying Concentrations Andrew Sutton Department of Biology, York College of Pennsylvania. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kapsaicyna.svg. Introduction. Methods.
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Chili Peppers: A Cure for Breast Cancer?
Treating MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells with Capsaicin at Varying Concentrations
Department of Biology, York College of Pennsylvania
Figure 4. Treatment of MCF-7 Cells with Capsaicin at various mM concentrations
H0:Treating MCF-7 breast cancer cells with Capsaicin
will not cause cell death.
H1: Treating MCF-7 breast cancer cells with Capsaicin will induce cell death through apoptosis.
Figure 5. Caspase3 Assay of Varying Levels of Capsaicin Treated MCF-7 cells
after 24 hours. 500 μM Capsaicin treatment showed a significant difference according
to an unpaired t-test. P-value <0.05
Figure 1. MCF-7 cells in culture dishes prior to various Capsaicin treatments for Caspase3 Assay.
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Figure 2. MCF-7 cells growing and dividing at 400X magnification (left) and 200X (right).
Figure 3: MCF-7 cells after treatment with Capsaicin at varying concentrations.
Thank you Dr. Thompson for all your guidance on this project. Thank you to Joan Carpenter for obtaining the MCF-7 cells