Fruit and veg compound may have skin cancer benefit

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A naturally occurring compound in fruit and vegetables may be effective against skin cancers, according to new research.

The data suggests that gossypin, a naturally occurring compound in fruits and vegetables, may be useful in the battle against melanoma thanks to its ability to block DNA mutations.

"We identified gossypin as a novel agent with dual inhibitory activity towards two common mutations that are the ideal targets for melanoma treatment,"​ said Dr Hareesh Nair from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

"Our results indicate that gossypin may have great therapeutic potential as a dual inhibitor of mutations called BRAFV600E kinase and CDK4, which occur in the vast majority of melanoma patients,"​ Nair added.

"They open a new avenue for the generation of a novel class of compounds for the treatment of melanoma."

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