Developing Anti-TB drugs from frogs found in Argentina

by Dave

Potential joint research opportunities for Indian organizations

Translated excerpts from LANACION.com

The frogs and toads of our country[Argentina] could be a very important tool in the development of new drugs against TB

Researchers there say that secretions from the skin of amphibians containing compounds capable of fighting pathogens, including the cause of tuberculosis.

“All living organisms are able to produce compounds that are part of their natural defense system,” he told BBC Science Dr. Georgina Tonarelli, a researcher from the Faculty of Chemical and Biological Sciences of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Argentina “We are working with compounds frog species characteristics of the provinces of Santa Fe and Entre Rios (in the east),” he adds.

According to the World Health Organization, each year there are at the world around 425,000 new cases of MDR, mostly in the countries of the former Soviet Union, China and India.

“So far we have succeeded in isolating peptides capable of producing four inhibiting the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis,” says Alvaro Siano, fellow of the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT), which is also involved in the investigation.

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