Fish protein may inhibit cancer growth

20 March 2013

A protein derived from cod could help to inhibit cancer growth, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Maryland revealed that the fish agent may act as a dietary therapy to complement standard treatments for prostate cancer, with the potential to be used for other cancers.

Dr Hafiz Ahmed, senior author and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, commented: "The use of natural dietary products with anti-tumour activity is an important and emerging field of research."

Understanding how this works will enable scientists to develop foods that work as cancer therapeutics and agents for immunotherapy, he continued.

Cod is known to contain an antigen that plays a key role in how cancer spreads. Research observed that this actually binds to an overexpressed protein in cancer cells and blocks its interaction. What's more, it has the ability to boost immune response, encouraging the body to better fight the disease.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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