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Wasp Venom Peptide Targets Cancer Cell Membranes -- Selectively

Nov 2, 2015 1:00:04 PM / by Maria posted in Drug Discovery, natural products, Basic Research

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Research with an insect peptide challenges the popular belief that cancer cell membranes don't make good drug targets.

Cell membranes could use a little more respect. No one doubts that the inner machinery of cells is fascinating in its complexity, but membranes themselves are often viewed as rather boring containers that are pretty much the same no matter where you look. But membranes are actually highly complex structures consisting of hundreds of different lipids and proteins, often varying in composition among cell types. Still, even many cell biologists have perhaps not realized the implications this diversity could have for drug discovery.

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