A hormone that is important in the control of blood pressure may also inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, say scientists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, writing in the new issue of the journal Carcinogenesis.
Patricia E. Gallagher, Ph.D., and E. Ann Tallant, Ph.D., said the hormone, called angiotensin-(1-7), "may represent a novel chemotherapeutic and chemopreventive treatment for lung cancer."
Their studies found that angiotensin-(1-7) significantly slows the growth of three different types of human lung cancer cells in the laboratory. "Our experiments provide the first evidence that angiotensin-(1-7) inhibits the proliferation of human lung cancer cells," they said.
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