Already, Shaw’s team have found that the peptides (mini-proteins) collected from the Waxy Monkey Frog and the Giant Firebellied Toad can be used in a controlled and targeted way to regulate 'angiogenesis', the process by which blood vessels grow in the body. Professor Shaw explains that by ‘switching off’ angiogenesis and inhibiting blood vessel growth, a protein from the Waxy Monkey Frog can stop the blood vessels from growing and make the tumour less likely to spread and may eventually kill it. This has the potential to transform cancer from a terminal illness into a manageable condition.
He has found another protein from the Giant Firebellied Toad that can ‘switch on’ angiogenesis and stimulate blood vessel growth. This process can be developed to treat diseases and conditions that require blood vessels to repair quickly, such as wound healing, organ transplants, diabetic ulcers, and damage caused by strokes or heart conditions.