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Scientists Develop Antibodies to Destroy Old Virus

Researchers at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) have developed a new method to remove old cells from tissues, thus slowing down the aging process. The results were published in a Scientific report.

Specifically, they have designed an Antibodies that acts as a smart bomb able to recognize specific proteins on the surface of these aged or senescent cells. It then attaches itself to them and releases a drug that removes them without affecting the rest, thus minimizing any potential side effects.The study added that the opens the door to the development of effective treatments to delay the progress of age-related diseases and even the aging process itself in the longer term, with the aim of increasing the longevity and, above all, the quality of life of people at this stage of their lives.

Salvador Macip, the leader of this research and a doctor and researcher at the UOC and the University of Leicester said that they now have, for the first time, an Antibodie-based drug that can be used to help slow down cellular senescence in humans. They  based this work on existing cancer therapies that target specific proteins present on the surface of cancer cells, and then applied them to senescent cells.

Treatment could start to be given as soon as the first symptoms of the disease, such as Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, arthritis, cataracts or some tumors, appear. In the long term, the researchers believe that it could even be used to achieve healthier aging in some circumstances.

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