New antibiotic made with scorpion venom

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

A new tool for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

After 38 years of research, scientists of The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), led by Lourival Domingos Possani, have discovered two new ways to employ scorpion venom for the benefit of public health.

What the team found was a new procedure to take advantage of the peptides contained in the venom. These little proteins are used by the arachnid, not to harm others, but to protect its organism of bacteria. This makes the peptides an ideal antibiotic, even more effective than those currently in use.

antibiotic scorpion venom

This new antibiotic, currently being reviewed by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shown to be greatly efficient in the laboratory when interacting with certain viruses, fungi and bacteria such as Escherichia coli.

According to Domingos, the development of this new antibiotic will improve public health whichis currently affected bythe increasing inefficiency ofantibiotics, which are often provided in large quantities, compromising the health of the patient's other organs.

The second use attributed to this poisonous substance is its effect on human lymphocytes, which could prevent the development of autoimmune diseases such as diabetes type 1, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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