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Spinach Counteracts Effect Of Cooked Meat Carcinogen On microRNAs And Cancer Stem Cells

June 22, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who analyzed the impact of 679 micoRNAs, which were once considered “junk DNA,” found that when they go haywire they can cause abnormal gene expression that leads to cancer. For their study, the researchers traced the actions of a known carcinogen in cooked meat to its effects on microRNA and cancer stem cells, finding a direct link. On the bright side, however, they also found in animal experiments that eating spinach seems to partially offset the damaging effects of the carcinogen.
Mansi A. Parasramka et al., "MicroRNA profiling of carcinogen-induced rat colon tumors and the influence of dietary spinach", Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, June 22, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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