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Scientists have found a recipe for an anti-cancer herbal mixture



Thymol, carvacrol and thymohydroquinone are aromatic compounds in thyme, oregano and other plants of the Lamiaceae family. They also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other health benefits. According to Dudareva, thymohydroquinone has anti-cancer properties and is of particular interest.

These plants contain important compounds, but there are very few of them and extraction will not be enough. “, says Natalya Dudareva, one of the project leaders.

Researchers at Purdue University took the first step towards using this compound in pharmaceuticals by mapping its biosynthetic pathway – a kind of molecular recipe for the required ingredients and steps.

In collaboration with scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany and Michigan State University, the team uncovered the entire biosynthetic pathway for thymohydroquinone, including the formation of its precursors thymol and carvacrol, as well as short-lived intermediates along the way.

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