Pans laboratory developed a technique that allows the separation of certain proteins and peptides in the venom, so that the poison can prevent the proliferation of cancer cells without harmful side effects.
Dipanian Pan, a scientist at the University of Illinois, with his team came to the discovery which might stop the reproduction of cancer cells. The research is still at an early stage but in the laboratory tests is recorded great success in stopping the multiplication of breast cancer cells and melanoma.
A technique that allows separation of specific proteins and peptides in the venom is developed, which operates only on the cancer cells and Pan’s technique involves the use of nanotechnology to give synthesized like the element producing bee venom, snake and scorpion.
The side effects are the biggest problem that occurs when you are on a poison treatment. For example, when a bee stings the skin becomes painful and swollen because of the melittin – the main toxin bee venom which destroys the cell membrane and can lead to blood clotting and can damage the heart muscle and nerve cells. The properties of the toxins which are responsible for the killing of cancer cells also destroy healthy cells and cause painful side effects. Unlike chemotherapy, in theory, this technique could affect only cancer cells. If it turns out that this could work, natural components are the part of the poison that could become the basis for a multitude of drugs intended for treatment of cancer.
Pan’s research is based on a number of scientific discoveries which showed that toxins from the venom can destroy cancer cells without destruction of healthy cells. Pan’s laboratory developed a technique that allows separation of certain proteins and peptides in the venom, so that the poison can prevent the reproduction of cancer cells without harmful side effects. His laboratory discovered how to synthesize these beneficial cells.
The synthetic material is transferred to cancer cells using nanotechnology.
“Thanks to the camouflaged toxin in nanoparticle, it’s possible to bypass the healthy cells because it attracts only the cancer cells” said Pan.
In other words, it’s impossible to leak out and cause other problems.
“This is what we are interested in – these cells cause metastasis and recurrence of cancer. If we can thoroughly remove the cancer using this technique, we have potentially better treatment for cancer “concluded Pan.