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Flavonoid Found In Fruits, Vegetables Shows Potential For Treatment Of Leukemia

February 4, 2010: 05:20 AM EST
Researchers in Brazil and the Netherlands have found that apigenin, a common dietary flavonoid abundant in fruits and vegetables, shows potential in the treatment of leukemia. Findings in earlier studies had suggested that apigenin could play a role in prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, melanoma, and breast, skin, and colon cancers. The new study found that apigenin stimulates signaling pathways that retard the growth and spread of cancer cells. The researchers suggest that more analysis of apigenin’s molecular and biochemical mechanisms is needed before it might become a “model for drug design” targeting leukemia.
R R Ruela-de-Sousa, et al, "Cytotoxicity of apigenin on leukemia cell lines: implications for prevention and therapy", Cell Death & Disease, February 04, 2010, via Cell Death & Disease, © Associazione Differenziamento e Morte Cellulare
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