New hope for Brain Tumor Cancer patients (glioma)
Can scorpion venom be used as medicine?
Prevent signals from cancer cells by Chlorotoxin
in the natural, animals use their venom to catch prey or as self-defense, recently, researchers have had success, to use scorpion venom in humans to treat cancer brain tumors, instead, cause damage to the hygienic nerve and muscle cells, venom from Deathstalker scorpion (chlorotoxin) can be used to prevent signals from cancer cells.
Chlorotoxin means new life for brain tumor’s patients (glioma)
On Sep 29, 2014, the FDA gave its permission to inject 21 patients of brain cancer with a compound made from the venom of Egyptian Deathstalker scorpion to detect cancer, by the allowance, for Tumor Paint surgeons to targeting the cancerous tissue through surgery because it becomes fluorescent so it will be visible under laser light.
What does a cancer researcher do by Egyptian Deathstalker scorpion venom?
Dr. Jim Olson et all, from the hospital of Seattle Children, have invented a treatment for brain tumor cancer using scorpion venom. They called it “Tumor Paint”. Dr. Olson stated that, “over millions of years, scorpions have been developed to produce a drug that can enter into brain, determine and numb the cancer cells”. Olson also declared that “Toxins of scorpion has the ability to help surgeons to define the cancer cells.”
Fred Hutchinson Cancer research Center has used the venom-based solution under Project Violet –started in August 2013 – to discover a treatment for cancer. In this project, Scientists used “optimized peptides” that derived from the small proteins of plants and animals. They added the venom of an Egyptian Deathstalker scorpion to fluorescent molecule in surgery to invent a modern technology enables them to distinguish between healthy cells and cancer cells.
Scorpion Venom of Egyptian Deathstalker scorpion flows into the blood-brain barrier fast, while the other molecules flow slowly. The pre- clinical trialson animals proved that Tumor Paint can determine the cancerous cells in brain, breasts, skin as well as colon. So, it is expected to use brain tumor (glioma) in the treatment trials of human.