Exploding cancer cells? Yes, please!

iStock_000006862055SmallGlioblastoma is an aggressive type of brain tumor. Glioblastomas are difficult to treat, very aggressive, and survival rates aren’t very good. But researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have found a potential silver bullet- a substance called Vacquinol-1 that makes glioblastoma cells explode and die!

So how does it work? This molecule alters the cancer cells so they can’t control the substances being carried into the cell from the outside. This results in a large number of vacuoles forming inside the cell, and eventually, the cell explodes.

To develop this treatment, researchers used cell cultures and exposed tumor cells to different molecules. Once they found molecules that killed the tumor cells, they did more research to narrow down potential candidates for a treatment. They identified a single molecule that they wanted to pursue, and through further studies in mice, they found that tumor growth was reversed and the mice survived for longer than those in control groups.

This could potentially work on other types of cancer cells, too, but until clinical trials proceed, researchers won’t know. The hope is to get this treatment into clinical trials quickly, because this is definitely a novel approach to attacking this type of tumor! Read more:



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  2. Stephen in Birmingham

    I read the title of this post and I probably did a triple take… this research sounds absolutely incredible! Using Vacquinol-1 sounds like an incredible new approach, almost like something out of science fiction in its ability to eliminate these deadly cancer cells. I’m very excited to see where this research leads us!

    1. Science Kicks Ass Post author

      I know, this is amazing! It will be interesting to see how this could potentially lead to therapies for other cancers, as well. I’ll be sure to keep tabs on developments!

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