Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Sharon Campbell

Committee Members

William Stone, Cassandra Eagle


Vitamin E exhibits anti-tumor activity by regulating pathways in cancer cells, potentially the lipoxygenase (LOX) pathway. We studied the effects of alpha tocopherol (AT), gamma tocopherol (GT), gamma tocotrienol (GT3), and an alpha-gamma tocopherol mixture (ATGT) on the production of the LOX metabolites 13-hydroxyoctadecaenoic acid (HODE), 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (HETE), 12-HETE, and 5-HETE in colorectal cancer. These metabolites were examined in the HCT-116 cell line after 24 h treatment with select vitamin E isoforms and quantified by LC/MS/MS. Under physiological conditions, we find that treatment with varying vitamin E isoforms have different effects on the production of 13-HODE, 15-HETE, 12-HETE, and 5-HETE. GT increases 13-HODE and decreases 12-HETE. AT reverses the effects of GT regulation on the LOX pathway, while GT3 has no significant effect on the metabolites tested. GT shows superiority in regulating the LOX pathway as it increases 13-HODE and decreases 12-HETE for possible prevention of colorectal cancer.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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