One of the main problems in the treatment of brain tumors is poor accessibility for both medicines (since the brain is protected by the blood-brain barrier), so for operational intervention because of the danger to damage vital centers. But the method of treatment with the help of viruses, which we already wrote got its development and in fact can be effective!
According to the Journal of Experimental Medicine, it turned out that the virus of Zeka is able to freely penetrate into the cancer cells in the human brain. The study is headed by Dr. Michael Diamond from the University of Washington in St. Louis. A group of scientists led by Diamond a few years ago drew attention to the fact that the virus of Zika, in the main, attacks the stem cells of the nervous tissue. And these cells. In turn, very similar in their structure to malodifferentsiroyannye tumor cells called glioblastoma. In the course of further research, the hypothesis was confirmed: the strains of the virus Zika successfully penetrated into the cancer cells and destroyed them.
Selectivity in the "actions" of the virus, of course, can have negative consequences for the human brain, but with the correct choice of dosage and in combination with other methods of treatment, the virus can act as a "cleaner", finishing off the cells that remained after other methods of treatment. On this discovery, scientists have not ended. After implanting the tumor with laboratory mice and attempting to destroy it with a virus, it was noted that the growth of glioblastomas slowed, and the tumors themselves became more sensitive to chemotherapy.
"It is important to understand that our research is only the first step towards creating safe and effective strains of the Zick virus that could fight cancer. Now we need to conduct clinical studies to "teach" the virus not to cause damage to the brain cells. "
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