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Viagra potential found in treating cancer too but …

Viagra, known only for its property to enhance sexual performance among the aged or affected people may prove useful to treat cancer, if combined with new drugs, say scientists and it can even treat neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The team from Virginia Commonwealth University revealed that an experimental compound derived from the drug Celebrex interacts with Viagra to reduce levels of chaperone proteins, which are promising target for developing new drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and for novel antiviral drugs and antibiotics.

“Drugs like Celebrex and Viagra are readily available and generally recognised as safe. The study may lead to new applications of these relatively new medicines,” said Carol Shoshkes Reiss, Editor-in-Chief of the journal DNA and Cell Biology that published the findings in its latest edition.

If the experiments can be applied to humans, the combination drug will become another miracle drug on the same lines as was viagra a decade ago, described as paradigm-shifting.

“The potential applications are serious antibiotic resistant infections, chemotherapy-resistant cancers and neuro-degenerative disease ranging from Parkinson’s disease to Huntington’s or Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Reiss, who is also a professor at New York University.

The article by researchers Laurence Booth, Jane Roberts and Paul Dent from Virginia Commonwealth University detailed a comprehensive discussion of the Chaperone protein and the they have provided evidence for its future role in various human diseases.(IANS)

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