Another shot for taxol

Published: Friday 15 July 1994

TAXOL, the anti-cancer wonder drug extracted from the leaves and bark of the yew tree, has found another target. Researchers at the University of California School of Medicine say that polycystic kidney diseases (PKD), the most common hereditary kidney disease which accounts for 10 per cent of the patients requiring kidney transplants or dialysis, can be treated with taxol (Nature, Vol 369, No 6476).

The findings show that untreated PKD-afflicted mice died within 30 days, but when they were treated with taxol they lived 30 days longer. Taxol-treated mice also had fewer and less swollen cysts characteristic of this disease.

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.