It is estimated that one in four people will require brain treatment at some point. While there are drug candidates for most diseases of the brain, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) poses an impassable obstacle for most of these compounds and a bottleneck for the delivery of drugs that could cure these patients.
RNE's "Inquietamente" programme has interviewed Meritxell Teixidó, IRB Barcelona research associate, about the study based on scorpion venom. "We saw that there was a peptide in the scorpion venom, chlorotoxin, which has the ability to reach the central nervous system and then act as toxin, "said Teixidó.
TV3, RAC1, ABC, World Pharma News, Neuro Science, among other national and international media, have published articles about the research from the Peptides and Proteins Lab at IRB Barcelona. The study in question is inspired on the scorpion venom to deliver medicines to brain. The scientists have modified a peptide from the venom and used it as a shuttle to transport drugs across the barrier that protects the brain.