Frogs and toads have the capacity to heal more than seventy diseases if the discoveries made by Queen’s University researchers are anything to go by. The two amphibians have crucial proteins in their skin that regulate angiogenesis or blood vessel development and if manipulated could see cancer, stroke and diabetes disappear from the face of the planet.
The two amphibians have proteins that regulate angiogenesis
Nature seems to have a solution for every problem humans create. Researchers from the Queen’s University in Belfast have stumbled on two proteins from the skin of frogs and toads which could help regulate angiogenesis or blood vessel formation and therefore help cure more than 70 human diseases among them cancer. By regulating blood vessel growth, scientists argue that diseases such Cancer, diabetes and stroke may soon be past tense.
The proteins are present in frog and toad skin
The two suspect proteins were found in secretions extracted from the skins of the Waxy Monkey Frog and the Giant Fire bellied Toad, making them among the most important amphibians at the moment and possible candidates for extinction if mass harvesting will be required. The good news at the moment is the fact that those captured and used in extraction of the crucial proteins were released back into the wild.
Controlling blood vessel growth may help cure more than 70 diseases
Researchers led by Professor Chris Shaw discovered that proteins from the Giant Fire bellied Toad could switch on angiogenesis and facilitate faster development and repair of blood vessels, making them useful for treatment of conditions such as diabetic ulcers, organ transplants, stroke and other heart ailments. A protein from the Waxy Monkey Frog was found to do the exact opposite by switching off blood vessel development.
Is a cure for cancer finally in the offing?
It is common knowledge that tumors require sufficient blood supply for growth and expansion and normally develop blood vessels for this purpose. Stopping angiogenesis could therefore cut this crucial blood supply and therefore help prevent tumor spread, hence curing cancer in the long run. Is a cure for cancer finally in the offing?