Frog Skin Potential as Cancer Drugs

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

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

A study by Professor Chris Shaw dimpimpin 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, thereby reducing the chance that it will spread, and can kill the 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, Thursday (06/09/2011).

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 produce 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," he said.

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

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