A team of scientists of the Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago, discovered the anti-tumor potential of 'oleocanthal' as an inhibitor of proliferation of human cells in the case of multiple myeloma. The work, done in collaboration with the Department of chemical at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) will be published in the journal Current Medical Chemistry.
Recently, it has been demonstrated that macrophage inflammatory protein 1- alpha (MIP-1α) is crucially involved in the development of osteolytic bone lesions in MM. Phenolic components of extra virgin olive oil are reported to have anti tumor activity. However, the underlying mechanisms and specific targets of extra virgin olive oil remain to be elucidated.