January 3, 2014 – A recent study conducted by a Korean research team and reported in Food and Chemical Toxicology concluded that a compound found in red grapes, red wine, and grape juice appears to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments in pleural mesothelioma patients.
An earlier study by this research team found that resveratrol, a natural compound found in the skin of red grapes, suppressed tumor growth while increasing the death of mesothelioma cancer cells in lab mice. Building on those findings, the current study shows that resveratrol combined with the prescription drug clofarabine further increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy used to fight pleural mesothelioma.
The researchers found that the combination of resveratrol and clofarabine increased production of the tumor suppressor p53. The p53 accumulates in the nuclei of mesothelioma cells and kills them from the inside. Though physicians will likely not be prescribing red wine as a treatment for mesothelioma patients, researchers are optimistic about the use of resveratrol to combat tumor growth.
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