ScienceDaily reports the following Cancer related research:
Zinc can halt the growth of cancer cells, study says
Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study.
Tracking the body’s mini-shuttles
The development of a new technique for labelling the body’s own transporters — exosomes — could have long term benefits in the treatment of life-threatening medical conditions, including cancer.
Scientists create endocytosis on demand by ‘hotwiring’ cells
A solution to the problem of creating endocytosis on demand is being compared to ‘hotwiring’ a car. A team has managed to trigger clathrin-mediated endocytosis in the lab.
Medication that treats parasite infection also has anti-cancer effect
Scientists report a new gene target, KPNB1, for treatment against epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). EOC is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and has a particularly grim outlook upon diagnosis. They also find that ivermectin exerts an anti-tumor effect on EOC cells by interacting with the KPNB1 gene. Because ivermectin is already approved to treat parasitic infections in patients, experiments for its effectiveness in an anti-cancer regimen is expected to significantly lower costs compared to untested drug compounds.
Ancient ink for cancer treatment
For hundreds of years, Chinese calligraphers have used a plant-based ink to create beautiful messages and art. Now, one group reports that this ink could noninvasively and effectively treat cancer cells that spread, or metastasize, to lymph nodes.
First-in-human testing of new cancer drug reported
The first clinical trials of a new drug that targets solid cancer tumors has now been tested. The Phase 1A clinical trials mark the first time ever the drug, called BXQ-350, was used in people. BXQ-350 is comprised of a human protein called SapC and a human lipid called DOPS.