Texas State chemist leads new study on brain cancer using plant fungi

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University thinks there is a key to treating and possibly curing brain cancer using plant fungus – and he has received a grant to find out. 

Alexander Kornienko has been awarded a three-year, $460,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to pursue his research. 

“The toxin, which is produced by the fungus. This fungus affects plants … Because of its effect on agricultural crops, it has been studied for its effects on plants. This particular toxin induces what is known as iron leakage – the irons escape the plant tissue. The idea is that this compound can do the same in cancer cells,” says Kornienko.

At 6, a full report on this research will on KXAN. 

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