New Chemical Found That Can Cause Self-Destruction in the Brain Cancer Cells


Glioblastoma is a fatal form of brain cancer. The tumors of Glioblastoma emerge from the supportive tissues of the brain–getting an ample supply of blood. This makes the treatment of brain cancer even more difficult as the malignant cells continue to multiply rapidly.

However, new research that has been carried out by the team of researchers might serve to be the solution for brain cancer – that could stop the brain cancer cells from spreading out too fast. The research has discovered a new synthetic chemical compound known as the “KHS101” –which is responsible for cutting off the “energy supply” to the brain cancer cells.

A UK-led study carried out by the team of international scientists at the University of Leeds has reported that this chemical might begin addressing the decade-long absence of the potential for new treatments for brain cancer.

The new chemical –KHS101 works by disrupting the activities of the mitochondria –the battery powerhouse which is known to power the cells of the organisms along with the metabolism in the tumor cells. Dr. Heiko Wurdak –the professor at the University of Leeds, said that when they started the research, they thought that the chemical KHS101 might help in slowing down the growth of glioblastoma. However, they were surprised to find that the chemical resulted in the self-destruction of the brain cancer cells when they were exposed to it.

While the results of the findings seem encouraging, experimental rigorous testing is further required before trying out the KHS101 on the patients.