Avocado may help develop a cancer medicine


The specialized medical journal Blood published a report in which it stated that a team of scientists had made an important discovery that could lead to the development of a drug to fight cancer.
Scientists revealed that they had discovered an enzyme in avocado that inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the blood. Where acute myeloid leukemia is the most destructive form of leukemia, in most cases it occurs in people over 65 years of age, while less than 10% of patients remain alive after being diagnosed for a period of five years.
Patients are usually treated with chemotherapy, but these drugs are usually toxic and can lead to the death of the patient.
A joint team of scientists from the United States and Canada, led by Paul Spagnolo of the University of Guelph in Ontario, examined drugs that could potentially be effective against leukemia.
According to the researchers, leukemia cells contain a large amount of the enzyme VLCAD, which is involved in the metabolism process; So they looked for a substance that could inhibit this enzyme.
Cancer cells depend on this enzyme to survive, and according to Spagnolo, for the first time this enzyme has been identified as a cancer target.
In the new study, scientists found that using “avocatine B” found in avocados can target this enzyme, preventing the growth of cancer cells.


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