KSU cancer research aims to reduce side effects of radiation

By: Lily Wu - Email
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MANHATTAN, Kan.-- Researchers at Kansas State University have created microscopic capsules that can store and deliver radiation directly to tumors.

"It will allow us to give much lower dosages and as we learn to target it better, we'll essentially have it go right to the tissues you want and have fewer side effects," said John Tomich, biochemistry professor and researcher affiliated with the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

The microscopic "bubbles" developed at the university are considered safe and effective storage lockers for harmful isotopes that emit ionizing radiation. This discovery can benefit advance radiation therapy used to treat cancer and other diseases.

Tomich collaborated with researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, the University of Kansas, Jikei University School of Medicine in Japan and the Institute for Transuranium Elements in Germany. They recently published their findings in the study "Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules: Cellular Uptake and Retention of Encapsulated Solutes," which appears in the scientific journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta.

The study remains in the early stages of per-clinical research, but the hope is to move from animal to human experiments soon.

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To view the published study findings, click here.

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