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CIU Academics investigated Anti-Cancer Effect of Allium autumnale P.H. Davis, Wild Garlic Species of Cyprus

Assist.Prof.Dr.Ender Volkan Çınar, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cyprus International University (CIU) explained that in the scientific study they conducted they found out that especially the subsoil part of the wild garlic, which can be found only in Cyprus, have cytotoxic and anti-proliferative effect over high and low metastatic capacity breast cancer cells.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ender Volkan Çınar mentioned in their joint  article on "Anti-proliferative and cytotoxic activities of Allium autumnale P. H. Davis (Amaryllidaceae) on human breast cancer cell" that they searched cytotoxic and anti-proliferative effects of wild garlic in a laboratory environment by using its extracts, which is endemic for Cyprus, on high and low-spread-capacity breast cancers.

Övgü İşbilen Çakır, Faculty of Pharmacy, Biotechnology Research Centre (BRC) and Lecturer of the Department of Bioengineering, Assist. Prof. Dr. Nahit Rizaner and Assist. Prof. Dr. Ender Volkan, the Vice Dean said their study on possible cytotoxic, anti-proliferative and anti-metastatic effects of the Allium extracts was published in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal of BioMed Central.

Çınar said the study was done using CIU’s resources and it was conducted at CIU Faculty of Pharmacy and BRC laboratories and it was also supported by Girne Inner Wheel Club 2016-2017 Governing Board.

Övgü İşbilen Çakır, Lecturer, said Allium autumnale P.H. Davis, which is a wild garlic species and grown only in Cyprus around the world, was also found by Prof. Dr. Mehmet Koyuncu, the Head of Pharmaceutical Botany Department. Çakır mentioned that this effect is due to the programmed cell death mechanism and she added that garlic’s effect on antimicrobial, anticancer and blood pressure have been found out in previous scientific studies.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Nahit Rizaner, Lecturer of the Department of Bioengineering said doctor-controlled treatment is the gold standard for every patient and he noted that healthy nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of cancer like in any disease.

Last updated: 11-04-2018