Many people are trying to find a treatment to cure cancer. The solution could come from plants! Indeed, scientists extracted a molecule capable of killing tumor cells. It tells you more about this revolution born of nature.
Brisbane scientists from the pharmaceutical company QBiotics discovered the amazing anticancer properties of the fruit of the Australian tree called Blushwood tree (literally “red wood tree” scientific name Hylandia dockrillii) endemic to the Atherton Tablelands located at the extreme north of the State of Queensland in Australia. The results of the clinical research of the plant are quite encouraging.
The scientists found that cancer cells can be removed with the substance “EVS-46”, produced from the Australian blushwood berry.
According to these researchers, this molecule would be effective by applying and especially by injecting it into the tumor. It would replace chemotherapy and would effectively fight against many cancers such as melanoma, breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Indeed, it is very effective against solid and localized tumors, but there is no evidence yet that it is effective against metastatic cancers.
The first tests were first carried out on dogs, cats, horses and on Tasmanian devils, carnivorous marsupials decimated by an epidemic of cancer on the face. Preclinical studies in mice have just been conducted by an independent institution, the Institute of QIMR Berghofer medical research. The results published in the journal Plos One were positive and tumor regression was successful in 70% of cases.
The molecule contained in the seed of the berry was named EBC-46, it activates the protein kinase C (PKC) as does the famous phorbol ester (PMA) but the EBC-46 is much faster and it only takes few hours against several weeks of conventional chemotherapy. Dr Glen Boyle from QIMR Berghofer said that the compound works in three ways: killing the tumor, cutting off its blood supply and activating the immune system to clean the area.
QBiotics obtained ethical approval to begin human trials. If they are as positive as the previous animal trials, then the research will focus on a way to synthesize the EBC-46, and we must learn to cultivate the tree Blushwood worldwide.
Researchers accidentally noticed that as soon as the wild animals feed on the fruit, they spit the seeds immediately.