Skip to comments.Finnish researchers find a compound that prevents the growth of prostate cancer cells
Posted on 12/20/2010 10:51:43 AM PST by decimon
Researchers from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Turku have demonstrated that an antibiotic called monensin prevents the growth of prostate cancer cells. Monensin is used in the meat and dairy industry, for example.
Evidence pointing to the effects of monensin emerged in a project investigating the effects of nearly 5,000 drugs and micromolecules on the growth of prostate cancer cells. The project involved most of the drugs on the market today. Researchers found that small amounts of compounds disulfiram (Antabus), thiram, tricostatin A, and monensin can prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells without significant effects on the growth of the normal human prostate epithelial cells.
Further studies revealed that monensin caused prostate cancer cell death by reducing the amount of testosterone receptor and by increasing production of reactive oxygen species and inducing DNA damage. In addition, monensin was shown to have combined effects with anti-androgens the drugs suppressing the effects of androgens in preventing prostate cancer cell growth.
(Excerpt) Read more at vtt.fi ...
Thanks for posting.
It seems that monensin is widely used in the beef and dairy industries. Could be that we’re getting some in the food we eat.
Looks like it should work.
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