Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic published a new report in OncoTarget studying the use of the measles virus as a treatment for mesothelioma. The researchers’ data showed that the virus (MV-Edm) may actually have the capability of seeking out and destroying the malignant mesothelioma cells while at the same time leaving the healthy cells intact.
Dr. Jacobson, the lead author on the study wrote, “MV-Edm treatment of mesothelioma reduced cell viability and also invoked apoptotic cell death.” The test showed promising results because the measles virus had a special attraction to protein CD46 - a protein that is overexpressed within malignant mesothelioma patients.
The most exciting aspect of the treatment testing was the low rates of negative effects because the virus leaves the healthy cells alone. We remain hopeful that with additional research these treatment protocols may provide a whole new standard of mesothelioma care.
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