The Venom of These Brazilian Wasps Successfully Kills Cancer Cells
Believe it or not, science has proved that the venom from this kind of wasps living in Brazil successfully kills cancer cells.
The venom of this Brazilian kind of wasps in the future could be used in the fight against cancer, say scientists who found that the substance that these dangerous insects secrete can kill cancer cells.
According to laboratory research the venom kills cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The team from the Brazilian university explains how the experimental drug binds with the tumor cells and causes loss of key molecules.
The research is at an early stage and additional studies are needed to examine whether it would be one hundred percent safe for humans.
Polybia paulista is particularly aggressive type of wasps living in southeastern Brazil whose stings are not very welcome.
The team of experts of the São Paulo State University, where the head is Doctor João Ruggiero Neto discovered a mechanism that destroys the cancer cells with the venom. MP1 binds to the molecular fat which is found on the surface of the cancer cells, creating holes and causing the cells to lose its key molecules functioning.
The fat molecules are inside the healthy cells making them resistant to the attack of the toxin MP1. The survey results are published in the journal Biopsy Journal.