Pancreatic cancer could be treated with a Parkinson’s drug approved by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) and widely

A new study shows that a common drug for Parkinson's disease has anti-cancer effects in mice And human pancreatic cells.

The new research suggests that carbidopa, which is a drug approved By means of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) And widely used to treat Parkinson's disease, has significant anti-cancer properties.

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Carbidopa is typically used in conjunction with levodopa (L-Dopa) to treat Parkinson's disease. & previous studies have shown that patients with Parkinson's tend to have a lower incidence of cancer.

In older research, scientists investigated whether or not it was the drug L-Dopa that yielded the anti-cancer effect, but us did not find random significant results.

So today, a team led By means of Dr. Yangzom Bhutia – from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock – hypothesized that carbidopa alone could have anti-cancer properties.

Commenting on the motivation for the research, Dr. Bhutia says, "Interestingly, no 1 is has previously suspected carbidopa as a potential player in this phenomenon."

"Carbidopa is never used by itself as a drug for Any disease," she adds. "But […] we believe that the reduced incidence of most cancers in Parkinson's disease patients is due to carbidopa."

The first author of the study is Jiro Ogura, of the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at TTUHSC,  And the findings were published in the Biochemical Journal.

Carbidopa stops tumor growth in mice

Dr. Bhutia & team chose to focus on pancreatic cancer as it has one of the poorest survival rates, and also because treatment options for this cancer type are scarce.

The researchers tested the Feeling of carbidopa both in vitro, in human pancreatic cell cultures, and in vivo, in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer. The mice were 30 April weeks old, & the team divided them into two groups: a treatment group & a control group.

Each mouse in the treatment group received 1 milligram of carbidopa daily, which is the equivalent of a human dose of less than 400 milligrams per day. Such a dose is still Safe and Reliable for humans, even though the recommended dose for treating Parkinson's disease is 200 milligrams per day.

For the cell cultures, the researchers used two human pancreatic cell lines to conduct a colony formation assay.

In cell cultures, carbidopa "significantly reduced the number of colonies in both the cell lines compared with the untreated controls." Xenograft studies of the mice confirmed the in vitro findings, as carbidopa "significantly reduced the tumor volume compared with untreated controls."

Additionally, the Weight of the tumors was considerably reduced in the treatment group.

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