Red raspberry exhibits anti-metastatic properties against human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells

A study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine suggested that red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) can be used to treat and prevent nasopharyngeal cancer. In the study, researchers at Chung Shan Medical University in China examined the antimetastatic properties of red raspberry extract on human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells.

  • Nasopharyngeal cancer is characterized by a high incidence of metastasis in the neck lymph nodes, which leads to a poor prognosis and makes it difficult to treat.
  • In the study, the researchers treated human nasopharyngeal cancer cells with red raspberry extract.
  • They then analyzed the extract’s effects on the migration and invasion of tumor cells.
  • The results showed that red raspberry extract inhibited the migration and invasion of nasopharyngeal cancer cells.

Based on these findings, the Chinese researchers concluded that red raspberry extract exhibits anti-metastatic properties against nasopharyngeal cancer cells, and can, therefore, be used to treat and prevent nasopharyngeal cancer.

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Journal Reference:

Hsin CH, Huang CC, Chen PN, Hsieh YS, Yang SF, Ho YT, Lin C-W. RUBUS IDAEUS INHIBITS MIGRATION AND INVASION OF HUMAN NASOPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA CELLS BY SUPPRESSION OF MMP-2 THROUGH MODULATION OF THE ERK1/2 PATHWAY. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 26 September 2017; 45(7): 1557-1572. DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X17500847

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