In a recent study, a team of international researchers has successfully declared the hope of finding the treatment for the fatal brain cancer in the Zika virus. This study was published after the initial results of the study found in mice. The study was recently published in mBio Journal and stated the success of the team of researchers in finding a potential treatment for the deadly brain cancer in the form of Zika virus.
Glioblastoma or brain cancer is known to be one of the deadliest forms of cancers out there. It is responsible for killing over 15,000 adults in the United States of America alone each year. Currently, Glioblastoma remains incurable as the patients of this deadly disease tend to experience a high rate of recurrence of cancer even after receiving the standard treatments of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery.
Pei-Yong-Shi –a leading virologist at the University of Texas claims that during the Zika epidemic, the researchers learned that the virus tends to preferentially attack & infect the neural progenitor cells in the fetus. As such, the virus was responsible for causing devastating microcephaly in the babies that were born to such infected mothers. The team of researchers made the connection that the Zika virus could potentially infect the glioblastoma cells as well. This is because the given cells tend to have similar properties to that of the neural stem cells.
The first objective of the research team was to ensure if there was a safe way of determining the usage of the Zika virus in the patients for attacking the cancer cells. The researchers have been successful in coming up with the promising live-attenuated candidate for the Zika vaccine, referred to as ZIKV-LAV. This vaccine has shown to be safe, effective, and non-virulent in the protection of the infection in mice.