Researchers from Scotland have successfully tested an innovative anti-tumor drug capable of point-shot destruction of malignant cells without affecting healthy cells. On the creation of a breakthrough cancer drug writes the publication Evening Standard.
According to the publication, the drug was developed by specialists of the University of Edinburgh, which managed to combine anti-cancer molecule SeNBD with a chemical food element, which serves as a “bait” for malignant cells. Cancer cells are more “greedy” than normal cells, so they absorb more nutrients – say the authors of the new drug, adding that cancer cells “swallow” SeNBD molecules with the “bait” and die from the toxic effects. Healthy cells, meanwhile, are not damaged.
The SeNBD molecule is a photosensitizer – that is, it is activated and kills cancer cells only when exposed to light. This means that medics can determine for themselves exactly when to “turn on” the drug to minimize side effects.
“The drug can be compared to a Trojan horse. This opens up impressive possibilities in cancer therapy, which can now be treated without side effects such as hair loss,”
says Mark Vendrell, lead author of the project.