cellular poison


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cellular poison

Anything that damages or kills cells.
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Phosgene and other cellular poisons may cause little immediate symptoms, but may cause severe cellular damage that shows up hours later.
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.