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Food Therapy: Lentils and Whole Food Lectin, A Treatment

and Biomarker and Therapeutic Target for treatment of


Cervical cancer

Kyle J. Norton

Protein binding lectin (including lectin isolated from lentils) may have a
positive and profound effect for treatment of cancers and used as a new type of
potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets in treatment of cervical cancer,
some scientists suggested.

Lentil a type of pulse and tiny legumes that can be cooked quickly and rich in
protein and fiber is a bushy annual plant of genus Lens in the Fabaceae family,
native to Middle East.

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins with function to specifically interact


with other carbohydrate moieties.

The investigation of the effect of protein binding lectin for treatment of cancers
and as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets in treatment of cervical
cancer, depending to expression of certain mechanisms in some aspects.

In the study of the effect of Frutalin, α-D-galactose-binding lectin, isolated


from Pichia pastoris and native frutalin on cervical cancer cell line HeLa
measured by confocal microscopy, researchers found that Frutalin expressed a
significant magnitude in induction of cytotoxicity on cell growth and cell
apoptosis in tested HeLa cell line through targeting HeLa cell's nucleus.

Additionally, in other study to evaluate the association of specific mbl-2


alleles(mannose-binding lectin (MBL)) and susceptibility to HPV infection of
150 patients with HPV and 277 control subjects with no HPV, scientists
suggested that there is potential linking of expression of mannose-binding
lectin (MBL) in high risk HPV in induction of cervical cancer, but patients with
the mbl-2 alternative phenotypes gene represented a least significant risk for
the group with HPV, even though, the frequency of high-producer mbl-2
genotypes was found higher in patients with HPV than in control.

Mannose-binding lectin (MBL), is a serum lectin with function in


signalling innate immunity in mediated phagocytosis via the lectin pathway.
Further more, the study to find a new type of potential biomarkers and
therapeutic targets for treatment of cervical cancer by evaluating Galectin-1, -3
and -9, the proteins bind β-galactoside sugars via lectin pathway indicated that
galectin expression was found to associate to tumor cells, tumor epithelium
infiltrating immune cells and stromal cells in squamous cervical cancer.

Indeed, tested tumor cells, fibroblasts, macrophages and T cells all expressed
the presence of galectins in different scores.

Galectin-1 and -9 were both expressed by tumor cells in 11% of samples, while
84% expressed galectin-3.

Moreover, the Strong galectin-1 expression by tumor cells as an independent


predictor was found to associate to poor survival and correlated with increased
tumor invasion in compared to weak and positive tumor cell galectin-3
expression in correlated with increased and decreased tumor invasion and
tumor cell expression of galectin-9 showed a trend toward improved survival.

In depht evaluation also found that tumor CD163+ macrophages associated to


progression and prognostication of cervical cancers was predominant immune
cell type found to expressing galectin-1, -3 and -9. More precisely, Galectin-1
and -3 were expressed by a minor population of T cells and Galectin-1 was
mainly expressed by fibroblasts in the tumor stroma.

After taking into account of other con founder, researchers concluded that
Galectin-1 expression might be used as a marker to target more aggressive anti-
cervical cancer treatment.

Taken together, protein binding lectins may have a potential effect in induction
of cells apoptosis and proliferation on cervical cancer

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrients
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers
have been written and published on line, including world wide health, ezine
articles, article base, healthblogs, selfgrowth, best before it's news, the karate
GB daily, etc.,.
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by Disilgold.com Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington
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Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as
international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.

Sources
(1) Galectin-1, -3 and -9 Expression and Clinical Significance in Squamous
Cervical Cancer by Punt S1, Thijssen VL2, Vrolijk J3, de Kroon CD4, Gorter
A1, Jordanova ES5.(PubMed)
(2) Mannose-binding lectin in high-risk human papillomavirus infection by Tsai
CC1, Lin TM, You HL, Eng HL.(PubMed)
(3) Cytotoxic Effects of Native and Recombinant Frutalin, a Plant Galactose-
Binding Lectin, on HeLa Cervical Cancer Cells by Carla Oliveira, Ana Nicolau,
José A. Teixeira, and Lucília Domingues(PMC)