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Resveratrol May Someday Play A Role In Treating Eye Diseases, Cancer

June 25, 2010: 11:10 PM EST
The natural compound resveratrol, found in red wine, grapes, blueberries and other plants, has been found to have several beneficial effects on health, including reducing the effects of aging. In a new study researchers report that resveratrol also acts to regulate the abnormal or pathogenic formation of new blood vessels – a process that plays a role in various cancers, atherosclerosis and eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. The researchers found that resveratrol inhibits abnormal growth of blood vessels via a novel sirtuin-independent pathway, a discovery that could have a significant impact on the development of therapies for diseases of the eye and for cancers that also involve abnormal blood vessel growth.
Aslam A. Khan, Dru S. Dace, Alexey G. Ryazanov, Jennifer Kelly, and Rajendra S. Apte, "Resveratrol Regulates Pathologic Angiogenesis by a Eukaryotic Elongation Factor-2 Kinase-Regulated Pathway", he American Journal of Pathology, June 25, 2010, © American Society for Investigative Pathology
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