Cancer cells, covered in bees!
September 29, 2009 9:28 AM Subscribe
posted by msalt (29 comments total)
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(trained to kill cancer cells)
A nanoparticle carries melittin -- a toxic peptide found in bee venom that does not produce allergic reactions -- throughout the body. The ligand (chemical that binds two compounds, in this case the nanoparticle and the melittin) has an affinity for attaching to a receptor plentiful in newly formed blood vessels, which are plentiful around tumors. Plus, it kills the cells via apoptosis
(natural cell death), not necrosis
, which should reduce side effects. So far only animal studies. The scientific paper itself. Another take on it.