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Tap to find out what is a potential drug candidate for treating inflammatory disease!

By Sharonya Kundu



Beetroot Peptide is a possible drug candidate for medicating inflammatory diseases. A research group secluded a peptide which is a small protein molecule from beetroot. The peptide is able to settle a particular enzyme that is behind the breakdown of messenger molecules in the body.


After knowing about its very stable molecular structure and pharmacological properties, the beetroot peptide may be a fine possibility for the process of a drug to medicate few inflammatory diseases, such as autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative. The peptide that takes place in the roots of beetroot plants belongs to a group of molecules that plants use inter alia as chemical protection against pests such as insects, viruses, and bacteria. After looking into thousands of genomic data the group was able to explain a number of new cysteine-rich peptides and give them phylogenetically in the plant kingdom. The beetroot peptide can accordingly inhibit enzymes that absorb proteins.


The beetroot peptide clearly prevents prolyl oligopeptidase (POP), which is included in the disintegration of protein hormones in the body and is able to manage the inflammatory response. prolyl oligopeptidase is a often written about drug target for neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases, such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis, in future studies, this group of plant peptides called 'knottins', build in beetroot could likely give a drug candidate for medicating such diseases.

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