Kyle J. Norton
Scientists may have found an ingredient from Chickpeas with substantial and potential impact in breast cancer risk, some studies suggested.
Isoflavones are phytoestrogens derived from plant with magnificent estrogenic properties.
Garbanzo beans also known as chickpea is an edible legume of genus Cicer and the family Fabaceae, high in protein and minerals. It is one of the earliest cultivated vegetables, native to Middle East.
The investigation of the effects of isoflavones extracted from chickpeas in ameliorated risk and treatment of breast cancer was found to associate to numbers of aspects and mechanisms.
In deed, injection of isoflavones isolated from seeds and sprouts of chickpeas displayed a significant effect in inhibition of human breast cancer cell lines SKBr3 and Michigan Cancer Foundation-7 (MCF-7) at dose of ICS at 10-60 µg/mL.
In fact, the effect of ICS in promoted apoptosis of both cancer cell lines may also be a result of activation of the expression of gene Bcl-2-associated X protein in induced cell death and decreased gene Bcl-2-in expression of anti apoptotic activity, observed by the semiquantitative reverse transcription PCR.
Treatment using ICS also increased reactive oxygen species production that can be deadly to cancer cell through elevating toxicity without harming nearby healthy cells.
Deceased mitochondrial membrane potential may deplete cell energy which plays an important role for cancer cells survival and proliferation.
Truly, the effect of isoflavones in target breast cancer would vary from being antiestrogenic to weakly estrogenic depending to the high or low endogenous estrogen levels in patients.
Further more, in compared to the soybean-derived protease inhibitor Bowman-Birk inhibitor (BBI), is currently showing great promise as a novel cancer chemopreventive agent and 7 protease inhibitor concentrates (PIC) isolated from various leguminous sources (including soybean)to evaluate the effects of PIC on the proliferation of breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231, application of chickpea PIC demonstrated a significantly inhibited viability of the cancer cell line at concentration doses of 25-400 μg/ml.
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Finally, although epidemiological studies suggest that isoflavones can decrease breast cancer risk and increase survival of breast cancer patients but the University of Houston has raised several questions of the results by stating, "the effects of isoflavones on mammary gland stem cells during different periods of life need to be defined to identify windows of time in which isoflavones can have positive or negative effects on cancer prevention. Investigations of the effect of isoflavones on breast cancer stem cells would increase our knowledge of whether isoflavones are beneficial or not to cancer patients. Lastly, the possibility that isoflavones have different effects on breast cancer risks between different ethnic groups with different genetic backgrounds needs to be taken into account".
Taken together, chickpeas phytochemical may have a potential effect in reduced risk and treatment of breast cancer, but a complex and large sample size with different ethnic groups with different genetic backgrounds study are necessary to reaffirm this viability.
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