Fish oil may hold key to leukaemia cure

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.
The 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.
The 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.
Sandeep 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 in infants.
'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

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