SEOUL -- South Korea's state research body claimed to have developed an anti-cancer material candidate called "CDP-A2" by decoding the entire dielectric of striped beakfish. An evaluation of anti-cancer activity showed that the material acted selectively on colon cancer cells, inducing the death of cancer cells or suppressing growth.
The National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS) said that CDP-A2, a small molecule protein, was found to have suppressed the growth of colorectal cancer cells. A small molecule is a low molecular weight organic compound.
"We will continue to carry out joint research and clinical trials with pharmaceutical and bio companies to commercialize colon cancer inhibitors developed this time," NIFS president Choi Wan-hyun said in a statement on January 26.
The institute said animal testing confirmed safety in vivo and the effect of killing and suppressing up to 80 percent of cancer cells. CDP-A2 also showed the effect of suppressing growth in uterine and lung cancers as well as an excellent antibacterial activity for pathogenic microorganisms such as antibiotic-resistant strains, it said.
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