Could frog skin be used as a cancer treatment?

7th June 2011

Scientists at Queen's University in Belfast have discovered proteins in frog skin which they claim could be used to treat a number of conditions, including cancer, diabetes and strokes.

Two peptides have been found in the skin of the waxy monkey frog and the giant firebellied toad which they say can be used in a controlled and targeted way to regulate the process by which blood vessels grow in the body.

The researchers have said this discovery, which was made by capturing the amphibians, before extracting secretions and then releasing them, could hold the key to developing new treatments which could help billions of people worldwide.

Professor Chris Shaw, who led the research, said: "Most cancer tumours can only grow to a certain size before they need blood vessels to grow into the tumour to supply it with vital oxygen and nutrients. This [treatment] has the potential to transform cancer from a terminal illness into a chronic condition."

Healthcare Hacks reported last year that the secretions of frog skin could also be used to fight the superbug MRSA.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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