A group of European scientists have developed a new cancer-fighting therapy in which gold nanoparticles burn out the malignant neoplasm from the inside. Technically, the process takes much faster time than using another metal.
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Experts suggested using gold to fight cancer, while it was necessary to ensure that the necessary elements enter the tissues affected by cancer. Gold nanoparticles are grown inside the cancer cell structures themselves, and the scientists used the principle of the preferential approach. Each individual cell requires a small concentration of gold, for this reason, treatment is faster than similar methods in which other metals are used.
Polyethylene glycol was chosen as the main component for delivering the drug into the cells. It is about the formation of a mixture of gold salts dissolved in a liquid. Once in the affected cells, the acidic environment promotes the transformation of salt ions into gold nanoparticles, and this process lasts half an hour.
Scientists have declared about the uniqueness of the system that promotes the reduction of particles of a noble metal by molecules. However, they remain highly functional.