Researchers have isolated a prebiotic from tomato that can inhibit the growth of gastric cancer cells1. These pectic oligosaccharides have potential for use in therapies for gastric cancer.
Gastric cancer is the second biggest cause of death through cancer. Gastric cancer cells, like others, use galectin 3, a specific protein to grow and spread to multiple organs, a process known as metastasis.
In search of an therapy to suppress the activity of galectin 3, scientists from the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore extracted pectic oligosaccharides from raw tomato and treated gastric cancer cells with it. They also compared the anticancer activity of the oligosaccharides with that of anticancer drug, doxorubicin.read more