A preliminary study of the local treatment of preneoplastic and malignant skin lesions using methyl jasmonate

B Palmieri, T Iannitti, S Capone, E Flescher
2011 European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences  
Jasmonates are plant stress hormones. These small hydrophobic compounds exhibit anti-cancer activities, in vitro and in vivo, against cancer cells of various histological origins. Moreover, they show a selective activity against transformed cells and affect drug-resistant cells as well. The aim of this study was to evaluate the activity of a powerful jasmonate derivative, that is methyl jasmonate. Methyl jasmonate was applied topically on cancerous and pre-cancerous skin lesions from eight
more » ... nts. Methyl jasmonate did not cause any meaningful local or systemic side effects. Three patients exhibited positive responses. Two patients had complete recovery and one had a recurrence of the lesion three months post treatment. Methyl jasmonate is a potentially promising novel topical treatment for prcancerous and cancerous skin lesions. Methyl jasmonate should be evaluated in a larger series of patients.
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