Navigation Links
Green tea compound shows promise for tackling cancer
Date:8/22/2012

A compound found in green tea could be a weapon in treatments for tackling cancer, according to newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

The extract, known as epigallocatechin gallate, has been known to have preventative anti-cancer properties but fails to reach tumours when delivered by conventional intravenous administration.

However, in initial laboratory tests at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, researchers used an approach which allowed the treatment to be delivered specifically to the tumours after intravenous administration. Nearly two-thirds of the tumours it was delivered to either shrank or disappeared within one month and the treatment displayed no side effects to normal tissues.

The tests are thought to be the first time that this type of treatment has made cancerous tumours shrink or vanish.

In the tests, on two different types of skin cancer, 40% of both types of tumour vanished, while 30% of one and 20% of another shrank. A further 10% of one of the types were stabilised.

The researchers encapsulated the green tea extract in vesicles that also carried transferrin, a plasma protein which transports iron through the blood. Receptors for transferrin are found in large amounts in many cancers.

Dr Christine Dufs, a senior lecturer at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, led the research. She said: "These are very encouraging results which we hope could pave the way for new and effective cancer treatments.

"When we used our method, the green tea extract reduced the size of many of the tumours every day, in some cases removing them altogether. By contrast, the extract had no effect at all when it was delivered by other means, as every one of these tumours continued to grow.

"This research could open doors to new treatments for what is still one of the biggest killer diseases in many countries."

The research paper has been published in the journal Nanomedicine. Imaging equipment used in the research was funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.


'/>"/>
Contact: Paul Gallagher
corporatecomms@strath.ac.uk
44-014-154-82370
University of Strathclyde
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Greening Vacant Lots May Boost Safety
2. Penn study finds with vacant lots greened, residents feel safer
3. Green biased yellow fever swept through Irish Immigrants in 19th century US
4. GTC Green Cleaning Products Now Available from UNFI - United Natural Foods
5. Pink and Blue are Out - It’s Time to GREEN Your Nursery
6. Green Tea Weight Loss Results and Health Benefits Revealed
7. Sites, LLC Announces the Celebration of Green Van Dyck: Director of Sales and Internet Marketing
8. Why are some people greener than others?
9. U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research
10. Red wine compound could help seniors walk away from mobility problems
11. Breast-Milk Compound May Shield Babies From HIV
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Green tea compound shows promise for tackling cancer
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... May 27, 2017 , ... In any business, follow up is critical ... your dental team at presenting treatment, there will always be some patients who can’t ... and money on best practices when it comes to presenting treatment. After the ...
(Date:5/27/2017)... Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2017 , ... ... show cause for concern, but a new study from the Osteoarthritis Initiative ... vulnerable to developing knee osteoarthritis. Knowing this in advance may give doctors the opportunity ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... The American Parkinson Disease Association’s ... eighty-nine grant submissions all vying for nearly $1,000,000 in funding that will be ... The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is focused on advancing scientific research that ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) ... legislative activity and the latest regulatory concerns impacting RBMA members. The Legislative Education ... will continue through Monday, Sept. 11, at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in Mclean, ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 ... ... announces the integration of the CareFusion NOX-T3 portable sleep monitor with its Somnoware ... provides a consistent, browser-based interface for diagnostic device operations. With this platform, initializing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/22/2017)... 22, 2017  As the specialty pharmacy industry ... to make the revolutionary shift from volume-based to ... ensuring positive patient outcomes and shaping the future ... focus away from clinical trials and toward data ... specialty drug therapy utilization in precise patient populations. ...
(Date:5/12/2017)... China and Canada joint tech company Laughing Face ... and detergent, and features a powerful disinfection process. The ... that washes and sanitizes women,s panties or babies, cloth diapers in ... ... require an external water inlet. ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... , May 10, 2017 Radiology has become ... its costs have also spiraled to the number one ... to radiology than ever before as the most complete ... a patient with lower back pain an MRI may ... reason for pain, resulting in entirely different treatment protocols.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: