Leukemia, has been the most widespread form of cancer prevalent in children. This blood cancer has often been treated using the enzyme L-Asparaginase that reduces the supply of asparagine, which is a necessity for the multiplication of cancer cells. The alternative for this chemotherapy has been found.
- According to the TOI, a team of researchers and students led by Asif Qureshi had set out on a voyage in the Antarctic.
- They discovered an Antarctic Fungi that can be used to fight Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
- To reduce the by-product of the use of this enzyme, the team looked at psychrophiles as an alternate source of the enzyme.
- Psychrophiles are organisms that are capable of growth at low temperatures, such as -20 °C to +10 °C. Hence, becomes a drug which can be used to cure cancer.
- The team includes former students of IIT- Hyderabad, from the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering.
- The enzyme would be first tested on animals, before using it to cure humans.
This has become a great step forward in the field of advancement of medical science.