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Anticancer activity of plasma activated medium and its underlying mechanisms: Combined experimental and computational study

Anticancer activity of plasma activated medium and its underlying mechanisms: Combined experimental and computational study

Objective

Cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) is gaining increasing interest for cancer treatment, although the application is still in its early stages. Besides direct CAP treatment of cancer cells, plasma can also be used to activate a liquid medium, which seems to have similar anti-cancer effects as the plasma itself. This so-called plasma activated medium (PAM) is very promising for cancer treatment, as it can be more generally used, e.g., it might be directly injected into tissue of patients. However, the anticancer potential of PAM is not yet fully understood. This is exactly the focus of this project. We will measure the reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) concentrations in PAM, and also calculate them with a model for plasma-liquid interaction. In addition, we will study the effect of PAM on a catalase model protein by experiments, and perform atomic scale simulations for the interaction of RONS with this protein, to better understand the effect of PAM on cancer cells, because catalase aids cancer cells in overcoming oxidative stress created by PAM.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Address

Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 160 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 743546

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 160 800

  • EU contribution

    € 160 800

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium