Does breast milk contain the future anti-cancer drug? Scientists from the Swedish universities of Lund and Gothenburg have carried out tests on patients with bladder cancer with a substance that is contained in breast milk, thereby killing cancer cells.
(4/21/2010) Scientists from the Swedish universities of Lund and Gothenburg have carried out tests on people with bladder cancer with a substance that is contained in breast milk, thereby killing cancer cells.
The substance was actually discovered in breast milk years ago. Researchers discovered it by accident when they examined breast milk for its antibacterial effects. The substance was called HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor cells). It consists of a protein and a fatty acid that are normally found in breast milk. It is believed that HAMLET could create the acidic environment in the baby's stomach.
Scientists are now testing people with bladder cancer. They found that HAMLET can kill 40 different types of cancer. Very important: HAMLET only kills cancer cells and leaves healthy cells alone.
Researchers Roger Karlsson, researchers at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Gothenburg, Ingela Lanekoff and Maja Puchades now want to investigate in more detail how HAMLET interacts with the cell membranes and tests the substance on people with mucosal tumors and brain tumors. They published their results in the renowned specialist journal PloS ONE. (Thorsten Fischer, HP Osteopathy)