These polypeptides exhibited anti-proliferation activities on cancer cells, and low toxicity or stimulatory activity on normal cells...
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) January 26, 2016
Scientists at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou tested the polypeptides found in spirulina proteins on five types of cancer, including lung cancer. In a new article, Surviving Mesothelioma explores what the news might mean for mesothelioma treatment. Click here to read it now.
Drs. Zhujun Wang and Xuewu Zhang used hydrolysis to isolate the polypeptides in blue-green algae. They found 15 peptides - includes a brand new one - that slowed the growth of lung cancer cells.
“These polypeptides exhibited anti-proliferation activities on cancer cells, and low toxicity or stimulatory activity on normal cells, suggesting that they are promising ingredients in food and pharmaceutical applications,” states the report in a recent issue of Food and Function.
Although mesothelioma cells were not among the cells tested in the Chinese study, pleural mesothelioma is a lung-related cancer that shares many of the same qualities as lung cancer.
“Because mesothelioma is such an aggressive and lethal cancer, we pay close attention to news of anything that may be able to slow its growth, especially without causing significant side effects,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss.
For the details of the spirulina study and more on its possible application in the management of pleural mesothelioma, see Malignant Mesothelioma and the Cancer-Fighting Power of Blue Green Algae, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Wang, Z and Zhang, X, “Inhibitory effects of small molecular peptides from spirulina (arthrospira) platensis on cancer cell growth”, November 19, 2015, Epub ahead of print, http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/fo/c5fo01186h#!divAbstract
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