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article imageFish protein may inhibit cancer

By Tim Sandle     Mar 25, 2013 in Health
Scientists have identified a protein derived from Pacific cod that may inhibit prostate cancer and possibly other cancers from spreading.
One of the main risks from cancer is when tumor cells invade the surrounding tissue and migrate into the nearby blood and lymph vessels, a process known as metastasis. One of the aims of cancer research is to identify ways to stop this from happening.
New research has looked at the therapeutic activity of a bioactive cod protein. The protein of interest has been dubbed TFD-containing glycopeptide. The protein may have the potential to inhibit prostate cancer from progressing. Polar fish, such as northern cod, express glycoproteins that are rich in the TFD antigen.
Studies so far using animal models have shown that the spread of cancer can be inhibited through the use of the protein. Further research will be required and no human trials have yet to take place.
The researchers have indicated that their aim is to one day develop a dietary supplement that could help slow down the rate of cancer spreading, according to BioSpace. It is important to point out that no single drug on its own is going to offer protection against advanced cancers.
The research was undertaken at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
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