Freshwater Cyanobacteria are Proposed to use for the Heart Attack Treatment

16.06.2017

Specialists at Stanford University conducted an experiment to implant in the heart cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. Since bacteria actively release oxygen as a result of photosynthesis, this method will help to overcome the consequence of a heart attack - violation of blood supply to the heart muscle.

Freshwater Cyanobacteria are Proposed to use for the Heart Attack Treatment

The method was effective - although it was tested on laboratory rats, and not on a human. After the artificially induced infarction, the unicellular Synechococcus elongatus, living in fresh water, was implanted in the heart of the experimental animals and then exposed to bright light. Within 10 minutes, the oxygen level in the heart muscle became much higher than in the rats from the control group, who were not injected with the bacterium.

However, it is not yet known how such an interference will perceive the human heart. In addition, the method requires opening the chest, and this is a very risky operation.

Cyanobacteria are a kind of blue-green algae that are capable of photosynthesis. During the flowering period, many of these microorganisms are toxic and cause the degradation of water bodies and the loss of fish.