Plant Compound Berberine May Help Fight Lung Cancer

In a new study, researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, found that a natural herbal compound called berberine stops the growth of lung cancer cells in a laboratory setting.Plant Compound Berberine May Help Fight Lung Cancer

A team of researchers developed an advanced drug delivery system encapsulating berberine into soluble and biodegradable crystalline nanoparticles that were used to treat human lung cancer cells in vitro outside the body in a laboratory setting.

The scientists discovered that berberine helped stop the creation of reactive oxygen species — inflammatory chemicals generated during specific cellular responses to the invasion of bacteria and other stressful events that can damage cells.

The lead author of the study Dr. Kamal Dua, a senior lecturer in Pharmacy and Senior Research Fellow at the UTS, says: “We proved that using the nanotechnology approach, it is possible to enhance the property of compounds with various problems related to solubility, cellular uptake, and therapeutic efficacy.”

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