Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found triptolide, an extract of the Chinese herb thunder god vine
(Tirpterygium wilforii), which suppresses GRP78, a protein that protects cells from dying, is more abundant in cancer cells and tissue than in normal organs and is thought to play a role in helping pancreatic cancer cells survive and thrive.
A spokeswoman for Arthritis Research UK commented: "Previous trials of TwHF, also known as thunder god vine
, have shown it has some anti-inflammatory properties and immunosuppressive actions, making the compound a potentially useful substance for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
Lei gong teng or thunder god vine
are the traditional Chinese names for extracts of the flowers, leaves and roots of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF).
Thunder god vine
, an ancient Chinese herbal remedy, helps reduce inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published August 18, 2009 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
A serious warning was issued about thunder god vine
for rheumatoid arthritis.
London, Mar 4 (ANI): A natural product isolated from a traditional Chinese medicinal plant commonly known as thunder god vine
and used for rheumatoid arthritis could be a starting point for developing new anticancer drugs, suggest scientists.