Anti-cancer molecules self assemble in a jiffy
Researchers have developed a simple and versatile method for making artificial anti-cancer
London: Researchers have developed a simple and versatile method for making artificial anti-cancer molecules that mimic the properties of one of the body’s natural defence systems.
The researchers, led by Professor Peter Scott at the University of Warwick, UK, have been able to produce molecules that have a similar structure to peptides which are naturally produced in the body to fight cancer and infection.
The molecules produced in the research have proved effective against colon cancer cells in laboratory tests, in collaboration with Roger Phillips at the Institute for Cancer Therapeutics, Bradford, UK.
Artificial peptides had been difficult and prohibitively expensive to manufacture in large quantities, but the new process takes only minutes and does not require costly equipment.
20 Aug 2019 10:38 AM GMT