Navigation Links
Chemists synthesize molecule that helps body battle cancers, malaria

The first synthesis of QS-21A, a medicinally important molecule that helps the body battle disease, has been achieved by chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In clinical trials, QS-21A has been shown to significantly improve the body's immune response in vaccine therapies against aggressive diseases such as melanoma, breast cancer, small-cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, HIV-1 and malaria. An extract from the bark of the South American tree Quillaja saponaria Molina, QS-21A is available only in small quantities.

"Now that we have synthesized this remarkable molecule and confirmed its structure, we are in a position to examine how it works and investigate ways to improve its performance," said David Y. Gin, a professor of chemistry at Illinois. Gin and his collaborators describe their work in a paper that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and posted on its Web site.

An extremely powerful adjuvant, QS-21A enhances the potency of antigens introduced in the body to elicit an immune response, allowing for lower vaccine doses with greater effectiveness. The molecule could therefore save patients money on expensive drugs and stretch limited supplies of antigens and vaccines.

Gin and his collaborators are now exploring ways to improve the molecule. By investigating structure activity relationships, they want to strip away nonessential structures, leaving a simpler and more potent core.

"One frequent problem encountered with vaccines is ensuring that the vaccine is potent enough to elicit a strong immune response," Gin said. "We will continue looking for ways to produce new molecules similar to QS-21A that will enhance the body's natural immune response to eradicate diseases."


'"/>

Source:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Chemists create Superbowl molecule; May lead to better health
2. Duke Chemists Isolating Individual Molecules Of Toxic Protein In Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease
3. Chemists identify key gene in development of type 1 diabetes
4. Chemists identify immune system mechanism for methamphetamine binges
5. Key molecule in plant photo-protection identified
6. Inflammatory molecules released by pollen trigger allergies
7. Researchers discover molecule that causes secondary stroke
8. Yale researchers identify molecule for detecting parasitic infection in humans
9. Scientists identify molecule that regulates well-known tumor suppressor
10. Medical molecules designed to respond to visible light that can penetrate tissue
11. Researchers find promising cancer-fighting power of synthetic cell-signaling molecule
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/30/2017)... ARLINGTON, Va. , June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... a leading developer and supplier of face and ... the ATA Featured Product provider program. ... created an innovative way to monitor a driver,s ... benefit greatly from being able to detect fatigue ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... TEANECK, N.J. , May 16, 2017  Veratad ... leading provider of online age and identity verification solutions, ... the K(NO)W Identity Conference 2017, May 15 thru May ... Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. ... across the globe and in today,s quickly evolving digital ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017 The global ... landscape is marked by the presence of several large ... held by five major players - 3M Cogent, NEC ... accounted for nearly 61% of the global military biometric ... in the global military biometrics market boast global presence, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/16/2017)... and OXFORD, England , Aug. ... -based consortium for biotech executive search and leadership development, and ... Healthcare sectors, have created an exclusive alliance that enables clients ... "For our clients here in ... provides unparalleled access to a diverse population of leadership talent ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... August 15, 2017 ... ... company pioneering graphene biosensors that accelerate pharmaceutical and biotherapeutics development, announces the launch ... the number of steps needed to gain kinetic binding data for a wide ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... Kenall, a leader in ... to stay tightly sealed and perform efficiently for years. The downlights are ideal ... just aren't enough, such as: hospitals; behavioral health facilities; cleanrooms; containment areas; food ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... ... Now mobile responsive, the new website makes it easy to navigate through the ... Users can now find detailed product information, educational industry content and visit the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: