Your donation could help overcome one of the biggest challenges to treating cancer
Dr Evelyne Deplazes
A talented team of WA cancer researchers, lead by Dr Evelyne Deplazes, is exploring how the venom of a Brazilian tarantula may help overcome one of the biggest challenges to cancer treatment — drug resistance.
Understanding the chemistry of venom could lead to the development of more effective cancer drugs.
‘One of the biggest problems in treating cancer with chemotherapy drugs is the development of resistance. When cancer cells are exposed to a chemical that aims to kill them, the cells adapt, and as a result, the treatment is no longer effective,’ explains Dr Deplazes.
A molecule found in tarantula venom, known as gomesin, which attacks cell membranes, could help to develop cancer drugs that are less likely to cause resistance.
Dr Deplazes is hopeful, ‘gomesin works by damaging the cell membrane, which acts as a protective skin that surrounds the cell. Any serious damage that compromises the integrity of the membrane causes the cell to die. We hope that our current research can demonstrate the potential impact for using compounds from spider venom to develop new anti-cancer drugs.’
It’s an exciting discovery that could impact so many.
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