Volume 90 Issue 16 | p. 41 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 16, 2012

Natural Product Makes Leukemia Cells Less Harmful

Compound from a medicinal herb entices cancerous blood cells to differentiate into benign cells
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: natural products, peroxiredoxins, Chinese medicine

A diterpenoid isolated from a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine can push cancerous blood cells to differentiate into less harmful cells, according to researchers led by Guo-Qiang Chen of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (Nat. Chem. Biol., DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.935). Chen and coworkers were investigating adenanthin, a molecule isolated from a plant called Rabdosia adenantha, and found . . .

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