Curated Journal Articles on Mesothelioma

Cynara scolymus affects malignant pleural mesothelioma by promoting apoptosis and restraining invasion

Oncotarget 2015 June 22 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Pulito C, Mori F, Sacconi A, Casadei L, Ferraiuolo M, Valerio MC, Santoro R, Goeman F, Maidecchi A, Mattoli L, Manetti C, Di Agostino S, Muti P, Blandino G, Strano S.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a poorly treated neoplasia arising from the pleural mesothelial lining. Here we document that the leaf extract of Cynara scolymus exerts broad antitumoral effects both in vitro and in vivo on mesothelioma cell lines. We found that Cynara scolymus treatment affects strongly cell growth, migration and tumor engraftment of mesothelioma cell lines. Strikingly, dietary feeding with Cynara scolymus leaf extract reduces the growth of mesothelioma xenografted tumors similarly to pemetrexed, a commonly employed drug in the treatment of mesothelioma. In aggregate our findings suggest that leaf extract of Cynara scolymus holds therapeutic potential for the treatment of mesothelioma.

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