Wasp Venom Found To Kill Cancer Cells
Categories: Health & Nutrition
Professor Mario Palma at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil, conducted recently a study with wasp's venom, and found that it has the ability to kill cancer cells while not harming healthy cells. His research fond that the Polybia Paulista is the specific wasp that has the correct venom for this task. The toxin this wasp produces is called MP1 (Polybia-MP1). This toxin MP1 is what has been found to single out and destroy cancer cells.
“Cancer therapies that attack the lipid composition of the cell membrane would be an entirely new class of anticancer drugs. This could be useful in developing new combination therapies, where multiple drugs are used simultaneously to treat a cancer by attacking different parts of the cancer cells at the same time,” Paul Beales, co-author of the study said.
Another researcher on the team, João Ruggiero Neto from São Paulo State University further explained the process, saying that “Formed in only seconds, these large pores are big enough to allow critical molecules such as RNA and proteins to easily escape cells. The dramatic enhancement of the permeabilization induced by the peptide in the presence of PE and the dimensions of the pores in these membranes was surprising.”
“Understanding the mechanism of action of this peptide will help in translational studies to further assess the potential for this peptide to be used in medicine. As it has been shown to be selective to cancer cells and non-toxic to normal cells in the lab, this peptide has the potential to be safe, but further work would be required to prove that,” Beales added.
Right now there are a variety of different natural alternatives being developed to treat cancer, to provide an alternative to the dangerous and ineffective radiation methods. As we reported last week, marijuana has become one of the most promising cancer treatments, now that governments are beginning to loosen restrictions against scientific research.