Chemical Compounds from Mouthwash May Target Cancer Cells

Posted on October 9, 2013

 

In a paper published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists in Germany report an unexpected effect of chlorhexidine and its related cousin alexidine: they inhibit cancer cells in the mouth by blocking an important protein-protein interaction, according to Scientific American™. This research opens up new directions in investigating this class of compounds as anticancer agents and also sheds light on the value of finding novel potential uses for everyday chemical compounds.

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