Researchers Identify a Way to Combat Sleeping Sickness

Updated at: Feb 24, 2015
Researchers Identify a Way to Combat Sleeping Sickness
 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
LatestWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Feb 24, 2015

A new study at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University claims to have identified a protein that is vital to the good health of the parasite that causes sleeping sickness. It could prove to be the breakthrough in treatment of sleeping sickness.

sleeping sicknessAccording to the researchers, the findings could lead to inexpensive new therapies as disrupting this protein, called proliferating cell nuclear antigen or PCNA, with drugs could potentially make it impossible for the parasite to reproduce and survive, reducing the health dangers to its human hosts.

The researchers suggest that it could help suggest multiple ways to disrupt PCNA's function, including using drugs to either over express, deplete, or block the protein.

Sleeping sickness is caused by invasion of the Trypanosoma brucei parasite into the host's bloodstream. It causes fever, headache, and intense aches and pains. In later stages of the disease, the complications get worse and there could be slurred speech, confusion, and difficulty in walking.

The study appeared in the journal Cell Cycle.



(Image source:Getty)

Read more Health News.




All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK