Toxins in the mushroom caps death could treat cancer
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Toxins in the mushroom caps death could treat cancer

Berlin : Germany | Apr 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM PDT
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A deadly poison in the mushroom hat-amantin death can destroy cancer cells.

A team of researchers has released a method of killing cancer cells using toxic death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides), which does not harm the body.

It's a-amanitin poison can kill a person in white death cap mushroom. It can destroy any cells that whether it's healthy cells or cancer cells.

Based on these characteristics, researchers at the Center German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg Tumor Disease, Medical Research Institute of the Max Planck scientists have developed other ways to kill cancer cells based on the toxin a-amanitin.

To toxin does not affect the body, the researchers used a device to put toxins right place at the cancer cells EpCAM protein. This method has been tested clinically on animals such as mice showed that two doses of highly toxic death cap mushroom can reduce 90% of tumor growth without harming the liver and partsother animals.

It is known that EpCAM is a type of epithelial cells that most tumors are derived from it. People with pancreatic cancer, breast and ovarian cancer are caused by excessive production of EpCAM. With the use of poison in the mushroom caps as the death can bring new hope for EpCAM degrade significantly.

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Le Thi Bich Lan is based in Vũng Tàu, Đông Nam Bộ, Vietnam, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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