Bitter Compounds Can Be Used to Prevent and Treat Asthma in the Future
A team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, discovered that a flavoring with bitter compounds found in tonic water can prevent asthma, as well as limit characteristics of mice that already have the condition.
Scientists found that chloroquine and quinine, substances that stimulate bitter taste buds, successfully prevent and mitigate asthma in mice models and human cell culture.
Pawan Sharma, one of the researchers of the study, explains: “We do not have an effective anti-asthma therapy that targets disease progression. Our current research on taste receptors is crucial in identifying new classes of drugs that can be an effective asthma treatment option in future.”
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