A group of scientists is South Korea decided to use magnets in order to stimulate cancer cells to self-destruct. The body get rid of old, defective, and infected cells through the process of programmed cell death (PCD), or apoptosis.
In this process, the rejected cells respond to the signals which were sent from the body by fragmenting. These fragments are consumed by the immune cells.
Rejected cells divide uncontrollably when apoptosis fails and the tumors are developed.
Magnets Induce Apoptosis
Jinwoo Cheon, professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, in association with his team scientists, made an experiment by using magnetic fields on bowel cancer cells in order to induce apoptosis. They attached iron nanoparticles to antibodies, which bind to “receptor” molecules on tumor cells. When the magnetic field is applied, the molecules cluster start to trigger the “self-destruct” signal and thereby apoptosis. When the signal for apoptopic clustering came into effect, over the half of the bowel cancer cells were destroyed. Untreated cells remained unaffected and unharmed.
The scientists conducted the same therapy on zebra fish and it leads to the growth of unusual tails.
“We have demonstrated that apoptosis signaling can be turned on in-vitro (in the laboratory) and in a zebra fish in-vivo (living) model by using a magnetic switch. Our magnetic switch may be broadly applicable to any type of surface membrane receptors that exhibit cellular functions on clustering.”, the scientists said.
This study is going to be published in the journal Nature Materials. The findings of this kind of studies are often hidden from the public due to the fact that they are not profitable for big pharmaceutical companies.
There are a lot of drug manufacturers which profit on diseases and cancer drugs, even though they have been shown to worsen the situation of patients.
Many studies show that alternative treatments have a better results compared to traditional medicine, but pharmaceutical industry and conventional medicine will not recognize or confirm their beneficial effects in the treatment of this deadly disease.