An international team of researchers, led by Penn State College of Medicine, US, developed a compound similar to one found in broccoli and cauliflower and other vegetables of cabbage group able to kill tumors in melanoma.
Researchers suggest that this compound can block the hypoxia-inducible factor protein helping tumors grow. In order to improve effectiveness, the scientists modified the drug by replacing the sulfur in a compound they tested before with selenium. They also varied the length of the chemical chain.
Dr. Arun Sharma says: “There are a lot of recommendations that, for example, broccoli can reduce your chances of getting cancer. Those are OK recommendations for prevention, but the compounds in the vegetables alone may not be potent enough to be used in a therapeutic environment.”