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Pectin From Citrus Fruit Could Prove To Be Weapon Against Prostate Cancer

July 2, 2010: 12:23 PM EST
In lab tests of human and mouse prostate cancer cell lines, modified citrus pectin (MCP)inhibits cell proliferation and induces cell death (apoptosis) in both hormone-sensitive and hormone-resistant cancer cells. MCP is extracted from the pith of citrus fruit. It is then tailored to meet specific molecular chain and weight requirements. The U.S. scientists said the data indicate that MCP adheres to galectin proteins and prevents cancer cells from sticking to each other and to the inner walls of blood vessels. That, in turn, halts or slows tumor growth and growth of new blood vessels. MCP’s safety and ability to act without hormonal mechanisms “makes it an excellent agent to be used in conjunction with other therapies," one researcher said.
Yan J, Katz AE, "PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin Induces Apoptosis and Inhibition of Proliferation in Human and Mouse Androgen-Dependent and Independent Prostate Cancer Cells", Integrative Cancer Therapies, July 02, 2010, © Sage Publications
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