Cancer therapies are generally non-specific for cancer cells and affect all cells in the body, resulting in severe side effects. We are working on an alternate method to present and treat cancer. Hypothesis: All replicating cells require energy in the forms of ATP and row material to reproduce. Cancer in a human body generally is the most energy consuming foci; therefore, it will be logical to down regulate the highest energy output pathways that do not harm the human being treated for a cancer. Two of the most prevalent cancers in are adenocarcinomas of prostate and breast. We hypothesized that if we treat cancer cells to a partial electron transport inhibitor that results in reduction in total ATP output it may significantly reduce cancer cell proliferation without interfering with normal functioning of other physiologic and immune functions. We chose Amygdalin (D-mandelonitrile-β-gentiobioside) which is found in seeds of prunasin family plants, such as peaches, apricots, almonds, apples, and other rosaceous plants and have been used as a traditional alternate medicine for treating terminal cancers and other illnesses. We evaluated the optimal dose that can inhibit various breast and prostate cancer cell lines as well two stem cell lines derived from neuroblastomas. We determine that cancer cell line and stem cell line proliferation rates were significantly inhibited 0.9 μM concentration of Amygdalin. This level of Amygdalin can be achieved by consuming 4-6 bitter almond and 2-3 apricot seed daily. In addition, we observed that Amygdalin induced apoptosis in the prostate and breast cancer cell lines.

Citation Format: Omar Bagasra, Kareem Heslop, Krystal Livingston, Keneisha Corbett, Amarachi O. Ejiawoko, Leanna Sealey. Inhibitory Effect of Partial Electron Decoupling Agents as an Alternate Therapy for Cancer. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2015 Apr 18-22; Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2015;75(15 Suppl):Abstract nr 5568. doi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2015-5568