Navigation Links
Garlic compound may help treat cancer

Two Indian scientists have developed a new method that advocates the use of a garlic component to treat cancer-causing tumours// .

D. Karunagaran, a professor at the department of biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras, and Suby Oommen, a PhD student at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in Kerala, have been working on garlic-based components and their effects on cancer cells from 1998.

The researchers said the novel treatment involves a synergistic composition comprising a garlic organosulphur compound Diallyl trisulfide (DATS) and an anti-cancer agent.

DATS, a constituent of garlic, is one of a group of substances that contain sulphur and anti-cancer agent is a substance that prevents, kills or blocks the growth or spread of cancer cells.

DATS acts synergistically with taxol-most commonly used anti-cancer agent to treat ovarian, breast and non-small cell lung cancers.

The treatment option given is a combination of taxol and DATS, Karunagaran told IANS in an Internet interview.

Although this idea is not new, the application of this idea to this set of compounds is new.

The inventors have filed a patent for their invention. Once granted the patent will be in the name of Kerala's Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology where the work was carried out.

"Our findings are mainly at the laboratory level and we really have no clue as to how effective this will be at the patient level. But then this is how everything begins at the initial stages," Karunagaran said.

Garlic (Allium sativum), a member of the Allium family, is one of the earliest documented plants for its manifold uses. Authoritative texts of ancient times endorse its usage not only in the medicine chest but also for religious purposes, Karunagaran said.

The knowledge of its beneficiary effects found its usage span across all the major ancient civilizations. < br>
Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Indians used garlic for centuries for treating various ailments such as heart disease, arthritis, pulmonary complaints, abdominal growths (particularly uterine) and worm infestation. It was in 1958 that its anti-tumour properties were clearly documented.

Garlic has more than 30 different organosulphur compounds. Many of these can inhibit the proliferation whereas some of them can induce apoptosis (a form of programmed cell death) in cancer cells, Karunagaran said.

The main clue from the present invention is that a composition comprising a garlic organosulphur compound together with an anti-cancer agent may work well for treatment of tumors, he said.

However, these data are mainly based on in vitro studies and extending them to the patient level takes time and should involve further studies including human clinical trials, he said.

Source-IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. More to Garlic than warding of Dracula
2. Garlic a day keeps cancer away
3. Garlic fights malaria and cancer
4. Garlic Supplements Impede HIV Therapy
5. Vegetables And Garlic Confer Protection From Skin Cancer
6. Another Feather In The Garlic Cap: Helpful In Avoiding Breast Cancer
7. Garlic inhibits fungal growth and protects food
8. Garlic Helps To Reduce Cholesterol in Rats
9. New Garlic Product Mimics Garlic to Perfection
10. Onions, Garlic may Reduce the Risk of Cancer
11. Garlic may Not Aid in Heart Disease and Cholesterol Levels
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Every winter, someone is killed, injured or ... West Penn Burn Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has partnered with ... the “Space Heaters Need Space” campaign. , “Space Heaters Need Space” aims ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... AssureVest Insurance Group, a locally owned ... charity drive that will raise funds earmarked to purchase computers and software for Mrs. ... , “My school is in a low-income area and has more than 60 2nd ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Vail knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD was named one ... consists of physicians establishing, leading and partnering with ambulatory surgery centers across the United ... Center, also known as an ASC, is a modern health care facility focused on ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Young Asset Protection, a full ... of the latest charity campaign in their community enrichment program. Art Expression utilizes ... worthy cause are currently being accepted at: http://artexpressioninc.org/ . , Art Expression ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Miami Dental Specialists is excited to bring patients ... office. Beginning in January, Miami Dental Specialists will offer the non-metal implants as a ... office to be chosen by the dental implant manufacturer, Straumann, to bring this cutting-edge ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ... announced the Company will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell ... New York at 4:00 p.m. ET on ... Aralez. Adrian Adams , will perform ... 3:50 to 4:00 p.m. ET.  A live webcast will ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , 12 februari 2016 ... een toonaangevende leverancier van productie en ontwikkeling ... industrieën, kondigt vandaag een uitbreiding aan van ... haar locatie in Charleston, SC ... geleid tot meerdere recente investeringen. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016 Indiso ltd ... ungedeckten medizinischen Bedarf bei Lungen- und Atemwegserkrankungen ... Forschungsprogramms bekannt. Das Programm, das sich mit ... respiratorischen Funktionen und anderer klinischer Parameter. ... das sich auf den ungedeckten medizinischen Bedarf ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: