Chinese scientists have confirmed that Naringenin inhibits transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling in living cells.
||TGF-β signalling plays a crucial role in a wide variety of biological processes, such as cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis, and embryonic development. Xiaohong Fang and colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing, and co-workers from nearby Peking University, believe that developing TGF-β signalling inhibitors will help create new therapeutic reagents and anticancer drugs of the future. Here, Fang and his team have shown that Naringenin, a natural flavonone, inhibits this important signalling receptor, evidence supported by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy and single molecule force spectroscopy techniques.
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