Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

B-Estradiol hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used by perimenopausal and postmenopausal women to alleviate menopausal symptoms. HRT can upregulate cell proliferation in estrogen responsive tissues. We focused on using over-the-counter (OTC) phytoestrogen supplements containing genistein as an alternative to HRT. Using ovarian cancer cells OVCAR-3, we exposed the cells to various OTC phytoestrogen supplements, and performed cell proliferation assays to measure the response. We found OTC phytoestrogens had an antiproliferative effect on the OVCAR-3 cells, but found no correlation between the amount of genistein and the strength of the antiproliferative effect of the phytoestrogen. In conclusion, we propose taking phytoestrogen supplements as an alternative to b-Estradiol HRT.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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