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New Genetically Engineered Drug Designed
28.07.2010 11:25
New Genetically Engineered Drug Designed
Lactoferrin

New drug Laprot is based upon lactoferrin, a human milk protein, which is known to have many useful properties. The drug is aimed to fight various intoxications.
      
      Lactoferrin is a very useful substance, but unfortunately it rapidly decays in patients blood. In order to prolong its action, scientists decided to operate with a gene, coding this protein, This gene was placed into DNA of a harmless human virus, which incorporated into recipients DNA and promoted synthesis of lactoferrin by recipients organism.
      
      Cisplatin, a widely used anti-cancer treatment, is known for its terrible side effects. Lactoferrin protects liver and kidneys of laboratory animals from destructive effects of cisplatin, keeping all blood biochemistry normal. New drug, promoting lactoferrin synthesis, is also effective against various cancer types it lightly retards tumor growth and doesnt promote metastasis.
      
      The whole effect of genetically engineered construction resembles pure lactoferrins effect, however, new drug requires only one injection in 3-4 weeks, while pure lactoferrin should be injected much oftener.
      
      Source: Science News


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