Glioma alternative treatment
October 22 2015

Glioma ia the most common primary tumor in the brain, representing 80% of malignant brain tumors. Although relatively rare, they cause significant mortality and morbidity. Glioblastoma, the most common glioma histology (about 45% of all gliomas), has a 5-year relative survival of about 5%. A small portion of these tumors are caused by Mendelian disorders, including neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, and Li-Fraumeni syndrome.

Glioma alternative treatment

Coffee or tea
Drinking coffee or tea may decrease the risk of a glioma. A study of more than 500,000 European adults adds to evidence from a recent U.S. study linking higher coffee and tea intake to a lower risk of gliomas, a group of brain tumors that makes up about 80 percent of malignant brain cancers in adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online September 15, 2010.

Nutrition. 2014 Feb. Cinnamon polyphenols regulate S100β, sirtuins, and neuroactive proteins in rat C6 glioma cells. Our results indicate that the effects of cinnamon polyphenols on upregulating prosurvival proteins, activating mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways, and decreasing proinflammatory cytokines may contribute to their neuroprotective effects.

Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2013 Oct. Salvianolic acid B induces apoptosis in human glioma U87 cells through p38-mediated ROS generation. Salvianolic acid B (SalB), the main water-soluble bioactive compounds isolated from the traditional Chinese medical herb Danshen, has been shown to exert anti-cancer effect in several cancer cell lines. The aim of our study was to investigate the potential anti-cancer effect of SalB in human glioma U87 cells. We found that treatment with SalB significantly decreased cell viability of U87 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. SalB also enhanced the intracellular ROS generation and induced apoptotic cell death in U87 cells. Western blot analysis suggested that SalB increased the phosphorylation of p38 MAPK and p53 in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, blocking p38 activation by specific inhibitor SB203580 or p38 specific siRNA partly reversed the anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects, and ROS production induced by SalB treatment. The anti-tumor activity of SalB in vivo was also demonstrated in U87 xenograft glioma model. All of these findings extended the anti-cancer effect of SalB in human glioma cell lines, and suggested that these inhibitory effects of SalB on U87 glioma cell growth might be associated with p38 activation mediated ROS generation. Thus, salvianolic acid B might be considered as a natural anticancer agent for glioma prevention and treatment.

Lycii cortex radicis
Oncol Rep. 2012. Lycii cortex radicis extract inhibits glioma tumor growth in vitro and in vivo through downregulation of the Akt/ERK pathway.  Lycii cortex radicis is a traditional Korean medicinal herb.

Lycoris caldwellii
Arch Pharm Res. 2013. Alkaloids from Lycoris caldwellii and their particular cytotoxicities against the astrocytoma and glioma cell lines.

Molecules. 2010. Apoptotic effects of γ-mangostin from the fruit hull of Garcinia mangostana on human malignant glioma cells.  Gliomas are a common type of primary brain tumor with glioblastoma multiforme accounting for the majority of human brain tumors. In this paper, high grade human malignant glioblastomas (MGs) including U87 MG and GBM 8401 were used to evaluate the antitumor effects of γ-mangostin, a xanthone derivative isolated and purified from the hull of the tropical fruit mangosteen. The γ-mangostin showed potent antiproliferative activity toward MGs in dose- and time-dependent manners. In addition, flow cytometric analysis of cell morphology in the apoptotic cells revealed an increase in hypodiploid cells in γ-mangostin treated U87 MG and GBM 8401 cells, while significant enhancement of intracellular peroxide production was detected in the same γ-mangostin treated cells by DCHDA assay and DiOC(6)(3) stain. g-Mangostin induced apoptosis, which in turn mediates cytotoxicity in human MG cells was prevented by the addition of catalase. Naturally derived medicines and herbal therapies are drawing increasing attention in regard to the treatment of many health issues, and this includes the testing of new phytochemicals or nutrients for brain tumor patients. This has led to γ-mangostin being identified as a potential leading compound for the development of an anti-brain tumor agent.

Resveratrol, sulforaphane
Resveratrol suppresses the angiogenesis and tumor growth of gliomas in rats. Clin Cancer Res. 2004.

Combination Treatment with Resveratrol and Sulforaphane Induces Apoptosis in Human U251 Glioma Cells. Neurochem Res. 2009.

Scutellaria baicalensis
Toxicol Lett. 2013. GSK3β/β-catenin signaling is correlated with the differentiation of glioma cells induced by wogonin. Malignant gliomas are the most common and most aggressive primary brain tumor, and for which differentiation therapy has emerged as a promising candidate strategy. In this study, we used in vitro and in vivo assays to examine the differentiation effects of wogonin, a major active constituent of Scutellaria baicalensis, on glioma C6 and U251 cells. We found that wogonin can suppress cell proliferation and induce G0/G1 arrest under a concentration-dependent manner.

Risk factors
Many risk factors have been examined as potential contributors to glioma risk. Most significantly, these include an increase in risk by exposure to ionizing radiation and a decrease in risk by history of allergies or atopic disease(s). The potential influence of occupational exposures and cellular phones has also been examined, with inconclusive results.

Occup Environ Med. 2014 May 9. Mobile phone use and brain tumours in the CERENAT case-control study.  Data support previous findings concerning a possible association between heavy mobile phone use and brain tumors.

Adiposity is related to enhanced risk for meningioma but is unassociated with risk for glioma. Based on a limited body of evidence, physical activity is related to decreased risk of meningioma but shows little association with risk of glioma.

Do you know of any research that shows any vitamins and/or minerals having anti-tumor and/or anti-cancer effects on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas or Pontine Gliomas?