Compound in Broccoli May Suppress Tumor Growth
A new study, published in Science, shows that targeting the gene, known as WWP1, with the compound in broccoli suppressed the tumor growth in cancer-prone laboratory animals.
Study author Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, Director of the Cancer Center and Cancer Research Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, comments: “We found a new important player that drives a pathway critical to the development of cancer, an enzyme that can be inhibited with a natural compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. This pathway emerges not only as a regulator for tumor growth control but also as an Achilles' heel we can target with therapeutic options.”
Still, to get the right amount of this ingredient is quite challenging – one will have to eat approximately 6 pounds of the uncooked vegetable. So now the scientists are working at the task to apply this knowledge as an appropriate medication.
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