In the US offer to use Zika virus to fight cancer

One of the major problems in the treatment of brain tumors is the poor availability for medical products (since the brain is protected by the blood brain barrier), so for the surgery because of the risk of damage to vital centers. But the method of treatment using viruses, which we have already mentioned, has been developed and may in fact prove to be effective!

In the US offer to use Zika virus to fight cancer

As the newspaper writes Journal of Experimental Medicine, revealed that Zika virus can freely penetrate inside the cancer cells in the human brain. At the head of the research costs Dr. Michael Diamond of Washington University in St. Louis. A team led by Diamond, a few years ago drew attention to the fact that Zika virus mainly attacks the stem cells of the nervous tissue. And these cells. In turn, it is very similar in its structure to malodifferentsiroyannye tumor cells called glioblastoma. In the course of further research hypothesis was confirmed: Zika virus strains has successfully penetrated into the cancer cells and destroy them. Selectivity in the "actions" of the virus, of course, can have negative effects on the human brain, but given the right dosage and in combination with other methods of treatment, the virus may act as a "cleaner", attaining the cells that remained after other treatments . At this opening of scientists from over. Implanted tumors laboratory mice and try to destroy it with a virus, it was observed that glioblastomas growth slowed and tumors themselves have become more sensitive to chemotherapy.

"It is important to understand that this study is only a first step towards the creation of safe and effective Zika virus strains that could fight cancer. Now we need to carry out clinical trials in order to "teach" the virus does not cause harm to the brain cells. "