Anacardic acids may be considered a bioactive ingredient for the prevention and treatment of lung cancer, some scientists found.
Lung cancer is a condition of the abnormal growth of the cells in the lung's tissue. Most cases of primary lung cancer start in the cells on the surface of the inner lining of lung tissue.
At the early stage, most patients do not experience any symptoms. However, as cancer continues to advance, it can put pressure on the nearby healthy tissue such as blood vessel and nerve cell, leading to localized symptoms and severe pain.
At the later stage, lung cancells can also travel through blood and fluids circulation to infect other healthy tissue and organ, leading to secondary metastasis.
According to the 2007 statistic, the most common form of primary lung cancers is derived from epithelial cells. In the US, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, causing 158,683 people deaths, including 88,329 men and 70,354 women.
The most common form of lung cancer metastasis is brain cancer, according to the statistic, approximately, 40 percent of people with advanced lung cancer will develop brain cancer sometimes during the disease.
The causes of lung cancer are unknown. However, epidemiologically suggested that although there are many risk factors associated with the onset of lung cancers, smoking tobacco, and second-hand smoke are considered the most risk of the diseases.
Other risk factors include radon asbestos, occupational exposure to certain chemicals, outdoor air pollution, personal or family history of lung cancer, personal history of lung disease and long-term exposure to radiation.
Dr. Muhammad Furrukh, in the concern of tobacco smoking in the risk of lung cancer, said, "Tobacco smoking remains the most established cause of lung carcinogenesis and other disease processes" and "Over the last 50 years, tobacco refinement and the introduction of filters have brought a change in histology, and now adenocarcinoma has become the most prevalent subtype"
"Over the last decade, smoking also has emerged as a strong prognostic and predictive patient characteristic along with other variables".
Anacardic acids are phenolic lipids, phytochemicals of the organic acid found abundantly in cashews, mangoes, etc.
On finding a natural ingredient for the prevention and treatment of lung cancer, researchers looked into the anti-lung cancer effect of anacardic acid (AA), a constituent of the cashew nutshell.
AA also activated the proteins associated with cells apoptosis in A549 cells.
Application of AA exerted a strong anti-cancer effect through a series of mechanisms, including induced cancer cells apoptosis by overexpression of proinflammatory cytokines correlated with the inhibition of various gene products associated with cancer cell proliferation and survival.
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(1) Anacardic acid induces mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis in the A549 human lung adenocarcinoma cells by Seong YA, Shin PG, Kim GD. (PubMed)
(2) Anacardic acid (6-nonadecyl salicylic acid), an inhibitor of histone acetyltransferase, suppresses expression of nuclear factor-kappaB-regulated gene products involved in cell survival, proliferation, invasion, and inflammation through inhibition of the inhibitory subunit of nuclear factor-kappaBalpha kinase, leading to potentiation of apoptosis by Sung B, Pandey MK, Ahn KS, Yi T, Chaturvedi MM, Liu M, Aggarwal BB. (PubMed)
(3) Tobacco Smoking and Lung Cancer. Perception-changing facts by Muhammad Furrukh. (PMC)