1. What is Thapsigargin? Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Thapsigargin? Frequently Asked Questions
    Thapsigargin is derived from the plant Thapsia garganica that produces tumor promoters. This effect is a result of emptying the intracellular calcium stores, which leads to a chain of events that causes apoptosis. Mechanism of Action Chemical structure of Thapsigargin Thapsigargin is an inhibitor of sarco endoplasmic reticulum Ca2 ATPase (SERCA). It pumps calcium ions from the cytoplasm into the lumen...
  2. Thapsigargin Applications: Glioblastoma Multiforme Studies

    Thapsigargin Applications: Glioblastoma Multiforme Studies
    Glioblastoma multiforme is the most aggressive and malignant form of gliomas, a group of tumors arising from glial cells of the brain. Glioblastomas are very difficult to treat due to the diffused nature of the tumor itself. The tumor cells have a distinct invasive feature of spreading and diffusing into different parts of the brain. This characteristic feature of these...
  3. A Promising Cancer Therapy: Thapsigargin's Anti-Cancer Roles

    A Promising Cancer Therapy: Thapsigargin's Anti-Cancer Roles
    Thapsia Garganica is a common Mediterranean weed  highly toxic to sheep and cattle, thus earning the nickname death carrot. Thapsigargin is a natural cytotoxin derived from the plant Thapsia Graganica. Oncologists Samuel Denmeade at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and his team has extensively researched methods to harness thapsigargin's toxicity, and develop, as result, a potential and novel anti-cancer therapeutic and...

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