Nanocrystals, which kill cancer cells grown in Kharkov

Nanocrystals, which grow at the Institute for Scintillation Materials, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kharkiv), can be effectively used to fight cancer.


This reporterUkrinformthe deputy director of the Institute for Science, corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Yuriy Malyukin.

— Cancer cells have all of the people. But in some they can doze peacefully until the end of life, while others suddenly start to grow and become cancerous. Their evil is that they penetrate the vital organs and inhibit their operation, causing death. Science still can not explain what is involved in the growth of malignant cells, but has made some progress in finding ways to fight cancer.

— You mean the treatments?

— Traditionally in the world in the treatment ofcanceruse of surgery and radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The latter two ways harmful to the body, but the main goal of doctors — if not completely cure the patient, or at least prolong its life. At the same time, the science does not stand still. On the front line in the war declared cancer out the latest materials, including cultured nanocrystals. They have unique properties. When introduced into the patient's blood ordinary syringe crystals of micrometer sized pass through the cell membrane and accumulate in their nuclei. In this case, shall declare the language of science, generated free radicals that destroy diseased cells and.

— Without harm to the body?

— The decay products easily removed from the body, as provided for by the laws of biology.

— Such nanocrystals grow in your Institute?

— That's right, and they have no analogues in the world, over the past three years, confirmed a dozen patents and certificates of authorship of scientific publications. Our achievements are presented at international scientific conferences, including the recent — in Poland and Lithuania. Due to established international relations of a number of projects carried out with the financial support of scientific institutions in the USA, Canada and EU countries. In our research colleagues are actively involved — scientists working in Kharkov Institute of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine and the Institute of Medical Radiology of NAMS, the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, National Academy of Sciences (Kiev) and the Kharkiv National Medical University.

— How far is it to the introduction of nanocrystals in medical practice?

— While that are pre-clinical trials in animals: mice, rats, hamsters. The results are encouraging — the nanocrystals can be an effective way to fight cancer.

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