Scorpion Venom & Brain Tumors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/1/06

Scorpion Venom & Brain Tumors

A sting from a scorpion can be dangerous even deadly. But a man-made version of that venom could actually help fight brain tumors.

Scientists at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in L. A. have found that scorpion venom can get through the barrier that blocks most substances from reaching diseased brain tissue. So now, they've come up with a synthetic version of that venom which is proving to be just as powerful in carrying medicine through that barrier and targeting tumors without damaging healthy tissue.

The cedar Sinai study is small but already, larger studies are underway. The brain tumors are called Gliomas. The key ingredient in the synthetic venom is tm-601. The protein naturally occurs in the Giant Yellow Israeli Scorpion.

The study was led by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurological Institute and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  

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