cellular poison


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cellular poison

Anything that damages or kills cells.
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Fluorine and fluorides are cellular poisons which block the glycolytic degradation of glucose, and fluorides also can form an insoluble precipitate with calcium which causes hypocalcemia, with ingestion of 1 to 2 gm of sodium fluoride being potentially fatal.
The possible applications of such an advance include therapeutic delivery such as targeting cancer drugs directly to a tumour cell without harming healthy tissue; enzyme delivery to replace missing or defective enzymes; DNA delivery to correct genetic mutations; timed release of drugs, enzymes and DNA; protein stabilisation to increase their life spans biological sensing; and detoxification by extracting and imprisoning toxic metals or other cellular poisons.