A compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease, according to Penn State researchers.
statement follows research where mice with leukemia-causing cells who
were treated with the fish oil component were completely cured of the
disease - with no relapse.
compound - named delta-12-protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3 - targeted and
killed the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML. It is produced from an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and fish oil.
Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology in
the Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences at Penn State said:
'Research in the past on fatty acids has shown the health benefits of
fatty acids on cardiovascular system and brain development, particularly
'But we have
shown that some metabolites of Omega-3 have the ability to selectively
kill the leukemia-causing stem cells in mice.'
Source - Daily Mail