Apr 172008

LONDON: Extracts from a mushroom used for centuries in Eastern Asian medicine may stop breast cancer cells from growing and could fight against the killer disease, scientists said on Tuesday. Laboratory tests using breast cancer cells show the mushroom called Phellinus linteus has a marked anti-cancer effect, probably by blocking an enzyme called the AKT. The AKT is known to control signals that lead to cell growth. Phellinus linteus has previously been shown to have anti-tumour properties on skin, lung and prostate cancer cells. The new research on breast cancer, however, marks the first time that scientists have started to understand how it works. reuters

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