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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spider venom as the impotence panacea

Impotence is often regarded as the most shameful disease for men. Since the days of ancient Egypt, people keep trying to find the cause and the panacea to cure it. There was a time when people assume that impotence is caused by evil spells. And to treat it, humans must grind the heart of baby alligators, then rub the results of the penis.

More recently, scientists from the Catholic University of Korea finding promising compounds that could potentially be a panacea impotence. This compound is found in the venom of the most poisonous spider in the world.
Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventer). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1AX9nUI)
Scientists first discovered the potency of these compounds when studying human cases were stung by a poisonous spider (Phoneutria nigriventer) in Brazil. These men reported experiencing priapism or prolonged erection. Parse the spider venom, scientists discovered a protein that is responsible for priapism, called PnTx2. Then, by using baculovirus bacteria, scientists produce the protein.

As reported by IFLScience.com sites on Thursday, February 19, 2015, scientists then tested the compound to treat impotence in rats. The results of the study published in the Urology journal on September 2014 ago.

According to the study results, the PnTx2 protein expressed can treat impotence in rats with improving the blood flow to the penis. Not only that, the protein was also not cause side effects such as muscle stiffness.

With the results of the study, Ae Ryang Jung and colleagues who conducted the research states that PnTx2 could be a panacea impotence. However, a number of tests, including clinical trials, are needed to prove efficacy. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | IFLSCIENCE]
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