According to Dr. Mark Hampton, the leading author of the study developed at the Christchurch School of Medicine, substances contained by cruciferous vegetables might kill cancer cells that showed resistance to chemotherapy.
Cancer cells that have a high level of Bcl-2 do not respond to conventional treatment. That is why doctors seek alternative curative methods.
"The reason the Bcl-2 protein is dangerous is that it makes cells resistant to the normal cell-suicide or apoptosis process, that is vital for removing damaged cells from the body. A cancer cell with a lot of Bcl-2 has increased resistance to chemotherapy drugs that are used to destroy the tumor. We've found that Bcl-2 can't protect cancer cells against certain isothiocyanates," explains Dr. Mark Hampton.
Researchers are positive that the current finding will help them better understand the mechanism of cancer.
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