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Enhanced scorpion venom molecules can be used to treat Chagas disease

Publicado em 21 dezembro 2020

Animal toxins are research targets owing to their therapeutic and biotechnological potential. Researchers at the Federal University of the ABC (UFABC), Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and Federal University of Ceará (UFC) in Brazil have discovered that VmCT1, an antimicrobial peptide isolated from the venom of the scorpion Vaejovis mexicanus, and its analogs kill Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Previous research has demonstrated VmCT1's potential against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, as well as tumor cells and other protozoans.