Sunflower Seed Protein may Halt the Spread of Prostate Cancer

by VR Sreeraman on  May 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM Menīs Health News   - G J E 4
Sunflower Seed Protein may Halt the Spread of Prostate Cancer
Researchers in Australia reveal that a tiny protein found in sunflower seeds may help halt the spread of prostrate cancer.

The boffins found that the sunflower mini-protein was able to block enzymes called proteases which break down the connective tissue around tumours, allowing the cancer cells to migrate.

The mini-protein has now been named the protease inhibitor, and has proved itself in test tube-based trial.

Researchers were also able to re-engineer the molecule so it blocks only the proteases, and leave other "good" proteases unharmed.

"We are extremely happy because now we can carry out trials in mouse-models of prostate cancer, and if we have positive results we could get a pharmaceutical industry partner interested in the work," said study leader Dr Jonathan Harris, of the Queensland University of Technology.

The boffins said that if current trials on mice are successful, a new human therapy will be available targeting prostate cancer spread.

"The dream end-product is having a drug which could be produced in sunflower seeds and given as a simple dietary supplement for people with prostate cancer," Dr Harris added.

Source: ANI

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like