Brazilian Wasp Venom Kills Cancer Cells
The scientists believe that the venom of the Brazilian wasps could be used in the fight against cancer.
The BBC reported that according to the lab tests, toxin kills cancer cells while healthy cells remain intact.
A team from the Brazilian university says the experimental drug binds with tumor cells and causes the loss of key molecules.
The research is at an early stage and needs further examination to verify is it safe for humans.
Polybia Paulista is particularly aggressive type of wasps that are endemic in southeastern Brazil and whose stings are not welcome.
Earlier studies on mice have shown that the poison can specifically attack and destroy tumor cells.
The scientific team, led by Joao Ruggiero Netta discovered the mechanism by which the toxin destroys the cell.
MP1 binds to fat molecules which are arranged on the surface of tumor cells instead of in them and creating openings through which molecules are lost that are essential for the functioning of cells.
In the healthy cells are fatty molecules within cells, which mean that they are resistant to attack toxins MP1.
The findings are published in the journal Biophysical Journal.
Scientist Paul Beales from the University of Leeds said, to cure cancer by attacking the fat molecules to tumor sites represented a completely new type of tumor treatment.
He adds that the development of these methods has enabled her to combine with others and thus also the effective treatment of cancer.
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