Stinky Frogs to Give Their Human Predators Clues to Survive Diseases

Hyderabad, Dec 10, 2011: Believe it or not. Foul smelling frogs not only offer clues to prepare a new range of antibiotics but boost human immune system against bacterial attacks.

This is despite the fact that human beings continue to haunt the frogs and butcher them for a variety of cuisine like ‘jumping legs’ in restaurants world over though the amphibians protect our environment.

Scientists are now working on clues to developing a new generation of antibiotics from the skin of the stinking frog species, according to the American Chemical Society’s latest Journal of Proteome Research.

The simple fact is that the rotten fish smelling frogs, could survive the worst bacterial attacks in their life span as their skin emits some chemical substances that have the anti-bacterial properties.

Scientists from China, which is one of the countries where frog delicacies are sold in the open, had identified more than 700 of the chemical substances from nine species of odorous frogs.

China’s National Basic Research Program and the National Natural Science Foundation are funding the research.

“We are trying to identify the specific Anti-Microbial Peptides (AMPs)  that account for almost one-third of all peptides found in the world, the greatest known diversity of these germ-killing chemicals,” the scientists said.

“Scientists long have recognized frogs’ skin as a rich potential source of new antibiotics. Frogs live in warm, wet places where bacteria thrive and have adapted skin that secretes chemicals, known as peptides, to protect themselves from infections,” scientists Yun Zhang, Wen-Hui Lee and Xinwang Yang explained.

It might be recalled that a polychrest drug from the poison of  “Bufo Rana” was prepared in Homoeopathy to treat various disorders including nervous troubles, paralysis, rheumatism and impotence.

Homoeopathic Bufo is made from the poison of the toad. The toad releases poison when it is teased or irritated. It can paralyze a dog. The Chinese were the first to apply dried toad poison for a variety of complaints. //EOM//

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About Bala Murali Krishna Yelchuri

Science Journalist,Media Consultant and Journalism Educator, based in Hyderabad,capital city of Andhra Pradesh State, an emerging Silicon Valley of South India.Born on August 10,1952, completed Ph.D.,M.Phil and MA in JMC, MBA in HRD,Dip in Teaching Journalism(Berlin) and Dip in Advanced Journalism(Praha). Worked for over 35 years in the premier multi-lingual national news agency - United News of India(UNI) -in different capacities and places in India. Happily married to Krishna Kumari and have daughter Krishna Jyothi(Journalist-Hyderabad) and son Vamsi Krishna(Engineer-Noida). Life member-Indian Science Writers Association and Master Resource Person to the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC-Ministry of S&T-Govt of India). Life member Museums Association of India and President, Andhra Pradesh Journalists Union (APJU).Core committee member Malkolak Knowledge Centre,Hyderabad.

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