- Anti-cancer Activities Found in Epicatechin Oligomers Contained in Grapes and Azuki Beans
Department of Interdisciplinary Genome Sciences and Cell Metabolism
Anti-cancer Activities Found in Epicatechin Oligomers Contained in Grapes and Azuki Beans
Chemically synthesized complicated-structure epicatechin oligomers made from pentamer or larger cyclic molecules were observed to suppress the expression of the cancer promoting gene, fatty acid-binding protein 5 (FABP5), and markedly inhibit invasive activity of cancer cells. The group expects their research to lead to the development of cancer-preventing foods containing epicatechin oligomers.
This study has been published in the Nature Publishing Group journal “Scientific Reports”.