Scripps scientists discover therapeutic uses for botox
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The botulinum neurotoxin is best known as Botox, an injection that paralyzes facial muscles and smoothes wrinkles. Research has suggested it may also be useful in treating ailments like stroke, migraines, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Kim Janda from the Scripps Research Institute has discovered a method to drastically increase the toxin's potency. That could make it a more effective therapy in treating illness.
Janda: We've discovered these small molecules that somehow bind to the active portion of botulinum neurotoxin, and it changes its form in some way to make it much more highly active.
The Botulinum neurotoxin is considered the most toxic substance on earth. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS News.
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