New Ways to Restrict Love Hormone Responsible for Cancer Growth, Claim Researchers

New Ways to Restrict Love Hormone Responsible for Cancer Growth, Claim ResearchersThe Australian National University (ANU) researchers have discovered a new method to control a hormone which is responsible for inciting cancer growth.

The research team of ANU’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology has developed an amalgam which would help in controlling a peptide hormone called calcitonin.

The team has been working on an enzyme called PAM which helps in activating a large number of peptide hormones like calcitonin and oxytocin.

Calcitonin has been responsible in promoting cell proliferation and oxytocin has been known as love hormone, as it creates feelings of pleasure following orgasm. Imbalance in these hormones leads to inflammatory diseases, asthma and various types of cancer.

Lead author of the study Professor Chris Easton stated that this discovery has revealed that in some ways one hormone can be controlled without others being affected. These new ways can be used to control the oxytocin, which releases during breastfeeding and after orgasm and encourages the feelings of love.

Ms. Lucy Cao, PhD student and part of research team stated, “Increased levels of calcitonin are correlated with poor survival rates in small-cell lung cancer patients. So we are working to reduce the levels of calcitonin, particularly through controlling the activity of the PAM enzyme”.

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