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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Frog skin for Cancer Treatment

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Health-Net: Frog or toad is still rarely used as a medicine and is often cultivated as a food ingredient. But the researchers found that frog skin can be a medicine for 70 major diseases including cancer.

The scientists from Queen’s University Belfast have won awards for his studies of frog skin that can become medicine for 70 major diseases. The researchers receive the credit as a Medical Futures Innovation Awards in London on Monday June 6, 2011.

The study, led by Professor Chris Shaw from Queen's School of Pharmacy has identified two types of proteins that can regulate how the blood vessels can grow.

The research team found that the protein obtained from Waxy monkey frog could inhibit the growth of blood vessels and can be used to kill cancerous tumor cells.

Stopping the blood vessels that supply the food will make a small tumor cells, thereby reducing the chance that it will spread, and can kill cancer tumor. This could be the potential to transform cancer from a terminal disease into a chronic condition, said Prof. Shaw, as quoted by BBC News on Thursday June 9, 2011.

Prof Shaw said that the tumor can only grow to a certain size before the end he needed help blood vessels to grow and give him oxygen and other essential nutrients.

In addition, the research team also found that giant frog firebellied produces proteins that can stimulate the growth of blood vessels and help patients to recover from injury and surgery more quickly.

It has the potential to treat various diseases and other conditions that require quick repair blood vessels, such as wound healing, organ transplant, diabetes, injuries and damage caused by stroke or heart conditions.

Meanwhile Processor Tianbao Brian Walker and Dr. Chen said many great discoveries are very innovative and interesting has been initiated by Professor Shaw. This innovation is an early stage and requires further work to be brought into clinical therapy.

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