Why Red Wine, Green Tea Stop Prostate Cancer

2010-06-10 03:22

Scientists have discovered why red wine and green tea can stop the growth of prostate cancer. Results of a new study explain that the antioxidants in these two beverages can disrupt a specific signaling process that is required for prostate cancer to grow.

Green tea and its major antioxidant, a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have been studied extensively as a possible treatment for various diseases, including prostate cancer. Similarly, the polyphenols in red wine, including resveratrol, have been investigated for their cancer-fighting potential. Despite promising results, scientists were unable to identify the reason why these polyphenols had a positive impact on cancer growth.

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The answer appears to lie in a signaling pathway called sphingosine kinase-1/sphingosine 1-phosphate (SphK1/S1P). In the new study, which involved scientists from both France and Japan, it was found that “Not only does SphK1/S1P signaling pathway play a role in prostate cancer, but it also plays a role in other cancers,” according to Gerald Weissman, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal, which published the study.

The scientists first conducted in vitro experiments which indicated that inhibiting the SphK1/S1P pathway was necessary for the polyphenols to kill prostate cancer cells. They then used mice that had been genetically altered to develop human prostate cancer and treated some of the animals with green tea and red wine polyphenols. Tumor growth in the treated mice was reduced because of the inhibited SphK1/S1P pathway.


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