A new strain of fungus has been found to fight infections of the heart.
A study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences shows the fungus is effective against infections of several human diseases including heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
In its paper, the researchers say it is able to treat an estimated 70 per cent of the infections in the human body, with an effective rate of 90 per cent.
The researchers say the fungus has a similar effect on the body to that of a drug known as thiothrombin.
“It has been demonstrated to be an effective therapeutic agent against the heart disease and cancer,” Dr Prakash Jha, who led the research, said in a statement.
“This is a major advance in the field of regenerative medicine.”
The team used a variety of different strains of the fungus, including the common red-spotted and black-spied.
“We wanted to see if there was a mechanism that could help us get the immune system to target the bacteria in the chest and fight them,” said Dr Jha.
The scientists found that the fungus could also be used to treat heart failure, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
“These are the diseases that affect a lot of the Indian society and we wanted to know if this was the way to go,” Dr Jhal said.
“I think it is the first time that this is been used in medicine.”
Researchers are now working on finding out exactly what the fungus does, and how it works.
The scientists are also investigating whether other species of fungi can be used.
Dr Jha said the fungus was one of the most promising and exciting emerging classes of fungi to come out of this field.
“This is something that can be applied to any type of infection, and there is a lot more to come from it,” he said.