Research on venoms to develop new drugs


Radio 5 (RNE) interviews Meritxell Teixidó, associate researcher in the Peptide and Protein Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, about the line of investigation on substances capable of crossing the hematoencephalic barrier —a structure that protects the brain from infection. Teixidó talks about a new peptide that they have produced based on apamine, a peptide present in bee venom. This finding would allow the design of new drugs to treat diseases of the central nervous system. Another project related to these peptides is the treatment of glioblastoma, a joint project conducted with Joan Seoane, researcher at the “Hospital Vall d’Hebron” Oncology Institute (VHIO).

Listen to the interview on RTVE (in Spanish, 4:52 minutes)