A Compound in Chili Pepper May Stop Lung Cancer Metastasis
According to a new study from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, capsaicin, the pungent compound in chili pepper, can help stop lung cancer metastasis.
Scientists tested the compound in three cultured lines of human non-small cells of lung cancer. They discovered that capsaicin stopped the first stage of metastasis that is also called “invasion.”
The researchers write in their paper: “Our results show that capsaicin directly interacts with Src and inhibits Src activation to suppress the metastasis of [lung cancer]. The results of our studies may foster the development of novel anti-metastatic therapies for human [lung cancer].”
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