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Research on Cancer with Nano Technology Approaches from CIU Academic Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kavaz

ssoc. Prof. Dr. Kavaz, Lecturer of the Department of Bioengineering of Cyprus International University (CIU), said the effect of Nano-technology in general cancer research and in private in our country on breast cancer, which is common in our country, is being investigated. 

Kavaz stated that the importance of Nano technology has increased in recent years and they use eco-friendly plant extracts in the research and take the extracts of Albizia lebbeck, a tropical species belonging to the Albizia genus, and they study new generation treatment methods on cancer cells with Nano technological approaches.

Kavaz said that this plant is widespread in Australia, Asia, Africa, and South America and they conduct research with Albizia lebbeck extracts in the BRC laboratory within the scope of CIU research.

Kavaz said the leaves of the plant include photochemicals such as flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, triterpenoid sapiens, and the cardiac glycosides that have therapeutic value, and he said they also examine the anti-tumour antifungal and antibacterial and anticancer effect of the seeds of the plant on breast cancer cells and against a variety of bacteria. 

Kavaz said “In our work, we synthesized zinc oxide Nano particles with aqueous extracts of Albizia lebbeck using environmentally friendly green synthesis.”

Kavaz said that the antibacterial activity of synthesized nanoparticles was carried out by using various microorganisms and the free radical activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles was evaluated by the hydrogen peroxide method in a laboratory environment.
Kavaz said that they also examined the anti-cancer effects of nanoparticles of human breast cancer lines MDA-MB 231 and MCF-7.

Kavaz noted that nanotechnology uses biosynthetic and environmentally friendly technology for the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles, which are non-toxic, chemically stable, biocompatible, and he said that the study is a rapidly growing area of research.

Kavaz stated that nanotechnology has a promising future as it is used in drug carriers, cell imaging agents, anticancer agents, antimicrobials, biosensors, antidiabetic and cosmetic applications.

Kavaz said anti-cancer drug delivery systems can be developed with the technology used and he stated that new combinations are used to increase the effectiveness of anti-cancer treatment in meta-static breast cancer and to overcome the increased toxicity of currently used treatments.

Kavaz mentioned that as advances in nanotechnology are increasing, simultaneous imaging and treatment for cancer can be developed, multifunctional carriers that allow transfer will also be developed and he said that as a result of the research the project will be carried out to a higher level and it will be used in animal experiments. Kavaz also pointed out that they will carry the project to the development of drug delivery systems and hope that cancer patients will have new hope.

Last updated: 13-03-2019