A new class of compounds known as cyclic diterpenes has been developed that could help reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Researchers have been searching for the compounds since the early 20th century.
They found that a combination of compounds called cyclic-diterpenoids had promise in reducing the risk for developing certain cancers, including leukemia and breast cancer.
The compounds have a long history of being used as medicines in the treatment of diabetes, and in research for various other diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Cyclic dyerpenes are made by adding carbon and hydrogen to a base of carbon and nitrogen, and then adding an oxygen atom.
Researchers are studying the compounds’ potential for treating cancer, but have not yet made a conclusive link.
“There are a lot of compounds out there, but we have not had the answer to this,” said Dr. Richard F. Schoenfeld, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
The researchers say they believe they have found the compounds that work best.
They say they have identified a class of cyclic compounds that has been tested and proven to have a positive effect on the progression of many types of cancers.
Schoenfeld said the compounds are a good alternative to existing drugs for patients who have certain cancers.
He said the compound could help treat certain types of cancer, including lung cancer and certain forms of bladder cancer.
“I am optimistic that we are going to find some new compounds that will be able to help with certain cancers that we don’t already have a lot to work with, and that is really exciting,” Schoenfield said.
Schulthof said the researchers believe the compounds work by reducing inflammation in the body.
When you have inflammation, it can cause damage to the body, including cells that produce the immune system’s main weapons.
The immune system then reacts by releasing a protein called T-cell-derived growth factor (TGF-β), which helps fight the infection.
“If we can eliminate inflammation, then we can decrease the production of the TGF-beta protein,” Schulthoff said.”TGF is a very powerful protein and it helps us fight off infection, which means that it’s not going to kill the infection.”
Dr. David D. Smith, director of the Institute for the Study of Diabetes, Cancer, and Reproductive Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic, said the study does not prove that cyclic dimerpenes will cure cancer.
Smith said he doesn’t think there is a reason for optimism about the compounds.
“One of the things I would say is that we still have a huge amount of work to do to find the optimal combination of the compounds,” Smith said.
“It will take a while for us to see what the optimal combinations are.”
The research was published in the journal Nature Communications on May 13.