Carnosine and cancer: a perspective

Frank Gaunitz*, Alan R. Hipkiss

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The application of carnosine in medicine has been discussed since several years, but many claims of therapeutic effects have not been substantiated by rigorous experimental examination. In the present perspective, a possible use of carnosine as an anti-neoplastic therapeutic, especially for the treatment of malignant brain tumours such as glioblastoma is discussed. Possible mechanisms by which carnosine may perform its anti-tumourigenic effects are outlined and its expected bioavailability and possible negative and positive side effects are considered. Finally, alternative strategies are examined such as treatment with other dipeptides or β-alanine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalAmino Acids
Issue number1
Early online date28 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012


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