The hispanolone, a molecule that is obtained from two wild plants that are easily found in the Iberian Peninsula, known as Ballota hispanica Y Galeopsis angustifolia Hoffm., is capable of inducing the death of cancer cells responsible for the appearance of various types of cancer.
The antitumor properties of these plants have been identified by a group of Spanish researchers, who extracted several substances from them and modified them chemically to check how they worked against the tumors, performing tests in vitro and in mice. The scientists could observe that hispanolone had the ability to inhibit the growth of the tumor and cause the death of malignant cells.
A compound that is extracted from wild plants of the Iberian Peninsula can inhibit the growth of the tumor and cause the death of malignant cells
The research, coordinated by the Inflammation and Cancer Unit of the Carlos III Health Institute, and published in the journal Oncogene, has shown that although hyspanolone does not completely eliminate the tumor it can inhibit it, and it is especially effective in the treatment of some oncological diseases such as colon adenocarcinoma, leukemia, melanoma and hepatocarcinoma.
In addition, the authors of the study have highlighted that the molecule acts on TRAIL receptors, a target of cancer cells that do not have healthy cells, and that its toxicity is low, so it could serve as a basis to develop new anticancer drugs .