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Fungal Toxin Used to Treat Cancer Via Nanoparticles

Source: Dailytech

The researchers used nanoparticles described as tiny beads of an oily, inert substance able to be coated with a variety of active substances. The researchers coated the nanoparticles with a fungal toxin called fumagillin. Fumagillin has profound neurotoxic side effects at high doses when used as a cancer treatment by conventional methods.

The researchers were able to coat the nanoparticles with fumagillin in low doses and also coated the nanoparticles with molecules designed to stick to proteins primarily found in growing blood vessel cells. One of the most prolific sources of growing blood vessels in the body are cancerous tumors that have to grow their blood supply to be able to grow in size.

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