SUMMARY — Anti-cancer:
Arizona prickly pear cactus extracts effectively inhibited cell growth in several different immortalized and cancer cell cultures in vitro and suppressed tumor growth in a nude mouse of
an ovarian cancer model. These effects of the extracts were comparable with those caused by a synthetic retinoid currently used in chemoprevention trials.
Currently, the team of research institutions is investigating the expressions of genes related to cell growth and apoptosis which may be altered by treatment with cactus products to elucidate possible pathways through which this natural product exerts its anti-cancer effects.
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