When you think of cancer prevention do you think - skin bacteria?
You should start! Many of the organisms that make up the skin microbiome serve a vital and protective function in preventing psoriasis, acne and other diseases, but a research team at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has uncovered a strain of bacteria on human skin that can protect against cancer.
A strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis, comme on healthy skin, exerts a selective ability to inhibit the growth of some cancers according to Richard Gall, one of the authors of the study.
"The research found that this particular strain of bacteria can generate a molecule known as 6-N-hydroxyaminopurine (6-HAP). This compound was subsequently found to have the ability to halt the spread of cancer cells, in particular UV-induced skin tumors.This unique strain of skin bacteria produces a chemical that kills several types of cancer cells but does not appear to be toxic to normal cells," says Gallo.
Researchers studied mice with the strain and found that when exposed to UV lights, the mice developed significantly less skin tumors after the bacteria had been applied to their skin than the mice who did not have the bacteria applied. The study also found that intravenous injections of 6- HAP into mice transplanted with melanoma cells resulted in the tumors reduced in size by over 50%*. Next is a human study!
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Haridy, R. (2018, February 28). Common skin bacteria found to produce skin-cancer killing molecule. Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://newatlas.com/bacteria-prevents-skin-cancer/53604/?utm_source=Gizmag%2BSubscribers&utm_campaign=1568ebcbc0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-1568ebcbc0-76698122