Vitamin D 'Inhibits Growth of Breast Cancer Cells'

by VR Sreeraman on  February 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM Cancer News
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 Vitamin D 'Inhibits Growth of Breast Cancer Cells'
In a new study, Calcitrol, the active form of vitamin D, has been found to induce a tumour suppressing protein that can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
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Prior to the current study, little was known about the factors that determine the effect of calcitrol on inhibiting breast cancer growth.

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During the study, Sylvia Chistakos, Ph.D., of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and co-author Puneet Dhawan, Ph.D., examined the protein involved in the action that can reduce the growth of vitamin D in breast cancer cells.

"These results provide an important process in which the active form of vitamin D may work to reduce growth of breast cancer cells," said Christakos.

"These studies provide a basis for the design of new anticancer agents that can target the protein as a candidate for breast cancer treatment," she added.

The study was published in the recent issue of The Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Source: ANI
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