Scripps: Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug

Scripps: Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug

Scripps: Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug

In a new study that could ultimately lead to many new medicines, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have adapted a chemical approach to turn diseased cells into unique manufacturing sites for molecules that can treat a form of muscular dystrophy.

“We’re using a cell as a reaction vessel and a disease-causing defect as a catalyst to synthesize a treatment in a diseased cell,” said TSRI Professor Matthew Disney. “Because the treatment is synthesized only in diseased cells, the compounds could provide highly specific therapeutics that only act when a disease is present. This means we can potentially treat a host of conditions in a very selective and precise manner in totally unprecedented ways.”

The promising research was published recently in the international chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.

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