According to a study published in the Biophysical Journal, scientists from the State University of Sao Paulo and the University of Leeds found that polybia Paulista, a Brazilian native, helps to stop the appearance of malignant tumor cells. prostate, bladder and leukemia.
Poison poison attacks cancer cells without affecting healthy cells
In the study, they found that the venom of this Brazilian wasp only attacks malignant cells because it adheres to those that contain excess lipids. However, scientists say they still do not know what causes this poison to attack only malicious cells.
The theory suggests that the properties of cancer cells are those that make the difference, because in the outer membrane there are phospholipids that are found in healthy cells, but in the inner membrane.
In the study, they noticed that the venom was able to break down the membranes of cancer cells, which could mean a breakthrough in the search for drugs and therapies that are more effective in attacking cancer without affecting healthy cells and organs.