The Power of Frogs
Arielle C. found this article from Medical News Today. Here’s Arielle to tell us about it:
Frog and toad skins are known for their abundance of germ-fighting substances. In this article, Ren Lai was the lead researcher in learning more about the brains of the Giant Fire-Bellied Toad and the Small-webbed Bell Toad. Lai published an article in ACS’s Journal of Proteome Research stating that toad brains may contain a lot of antibacterial and antiviral substances. This means there is potential for new medicines to be created. In previous research there hasn’t been many studies have not looked at the germ-fighting proteins in the toad’s brains.
The team of researches found 79 different antimicrobial peptides, and 59 of them were completely new to science. They even said that to the best of their knowledge, ‘the diversity of the peptides are the most extreme yet for any animal brain.’ Some of the peptides they found were able to damage and even kill some strains for Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus, and the fungus that causes yeast infections in humans. These finding suggest that there is potential for development of new antibacterial and antiviral drugs.