New treatment coming up: Huntington’s disease appears ‘super-chiller’ of cancer cells It has been known for years: people with Huntington’s disease get cancer much less often. Now scientists from Northwestern Medicine find out how that comes and possibly leads to a new treatment.Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition described by automatic muscle movements, mental decrease and psychiatric complaints. Most beyond words eighteen years. The condition is caused by a DNA mistake.Striking detail: Patients get cancer up to eighty percent less often than the rest of the population.That would have to do with certain molecules that already existed in our body, far ahead of the development of our immune system and then already arose to fight against cancer. Scientists went in search of these so-called ‘super-killers’ of cancer cells and found them in people with Huntington’s disease.The molecules also demonstrated successful in mice with various types of malignant growth. The development of tumors was significantly restricted without influencing the strength of the animals. “This particle is a super enemy of all tumor cells,” summarizes one of the authors of the study, Marcus Peter. “We never saw anything so powerful.”Scientists currently need to build up a medication with this ‘super-chiller’ without individuals getting symptoms of Huntington’s disease. That should be possible inside a couple of years.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020