HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Citrus shows promise for certain childhood cancer

COLLEGE STATION Orange juice and cancer don't mix. In fact, the popular citrus drink could become a cocktail to prevent or stop the deadly disease in humans.

Research by Texas Agriculture Experiment Station scientists has shown that citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab. They now hope to learn the reasons for the stop-action behavior and eventually try the citrus concoction in humans.

Neuroblastomas account for about 10 percent of all cancer in children, Harris said, and is usually a solid tumor in the neck, chest, spinal cord or adrenal gland. The finding in citrus is promising not only for its potential to arrest cancer, but because limonoids induce no side affects, according to Dr. Ed Harris, Experiment Station biochemist who collaborated on the study with Dr. Bhimu Patil, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.

"Limonoids are naturally occurring compounds," Harris said. "Unlike other anti-cancer drugs that are toxic, limonoids apparently do not hurt a person. That's the beautiful potential."

Patil calls citrus fruit "a vast reservoir of anti-carcinogens." As a plant physiologist, he has succeeded in isolating and purifying a number of limonoids from citrus so that the biochemists could evaluate and compare their anti-cancer abilities at the molecular level.

"Limonoids are unique to citrus," Patil said. "They are not present in any other fruits or vegetables. My goal is to find the direct benefits of citrus on human health. "

He said a challenging task is to isolate the limonoid compounds, "because some are present in very small concentrations."

In fact, citrus breeders seeking to improve the fruit's tastiness for consumers and yield for producers led researchers to discover limonoids eight of which have been characterized from extractions at the Weslaco facility, according to t
'"/>

Contact: Kathleen Phillips
ka-phillips@tamu.edu
979-845-2872
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications
30-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Citrus greening continues to spread in citrus growing areas
2. Clones on task serve greater good, evolutionary study shows
3. Research shows skeleton to be endocrine organ
4. An early ape shows its hand
5. Phase II study of therapeutic vaccine shows efficacy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer
6. Huntingtons disease study shows animal models on target
7. Research shows NPD1 protects a key component of vision
8. Radiation therapy combined with microsurgery shows promise for curing injured spinal cord
9. Chitin from lobster shell shows great healing and bio-stimulant properties
10. Study shows cane sugar, corn sweeteners have similar effects on appetite
11. New research shows vaginal bacteria vary among healthy women, need customized treatment

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/4/2017)... 2017  GCE Solutions, a global clinical research organization (CRO), announces ... solution on October 4, 2017. Shadow is designed to assist medical ... policy 0070 of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in meeting the ... ... ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , July 20, 2017 Delta (NYSE: DAL ... board any Delta aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). ... Delta launches biometrics to ... Delta,s biometric ... Sky Club is now integrated into the boarding process to allow ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... (NYSE: IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups ... collaboration between startups and global businesses, taking place in ... nine startups will showcase the solutions they have built with ... France is one of the ... percent increase in the number of startups created between 2012 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... , ... October 10, 2017 , ... San Diego-based team ... its corporate rebranding initiative announced today. The bold new look is part of ... the company moves into a significant growth period. , It will also expand its ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... 10, 2017 , ... Dr. Bob Harman, founder and CEO of VetStem ... The event entitled “Stem Cells and Their Regenerative Powers,” was held ... Harman, DVM, MPVM was joined by two human doctors: Peter B. Hanson, M.D., Chief ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... USDM Life Sciences ... the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation by Subbu Viswanathan and ... presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will present a revolutionary approach ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2017 , ... The award-winning ... to broadcast first quarter 2018. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. ... is faced with the challenge of how to continue to feed a growing nation. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: