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Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Science |

Lei gong teng: Chinese medicinal plant that kills pancreatic cancer

Lei gong teng: Chinese medicinal plant that kills pancreatic cancer

Also known as lei gong teng, the medicinal plant “Thunder god vine” used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries could be a promising new avenue for pancreatic cancer . Researchers at the University of Minnesota have published a study where it ended with pancreatic tumors in mice. Could soon be tested in humans.

We talked about one of the worst modern cancer, the most lethal. Only in the United States there are around 44,000 diagnoses a year in a disease that 20% survive one year after diagnosis. Even worse, the figure drops to 14% after five or more years after diagnosis.

As researchers have, mice that were treated with the compound showed no signs of tumors at 40 days of stopping treatment. An investigation has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and has been published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Ashok Saluja, principal investigator of the study, and had progress:

This medicine is incredibly potent in killing tumor cells. We could observe every day to mice and see how the tumor decreased until it finally disappeared.

The plant, also known as Tripterygium wilfordii, triptolide containing compound, the same as shown in previous studies for their ability to kill cells. A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Saluja account they hope to begin human trials in the next six months but have yet to be explained that a series of tests to see if it could be just as effective in humans. Anyway, the results in mice offer new hope to one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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