Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells by opening them up

1 septiembre 2015

The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A new study reveals exactly how the venom’s toxin — called MP1 (Polybia-MP1) — selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells, creating gaping holes that allow molecules crucial for cell function to leak out.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150901134941.htm

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