Russian physicists will be able to control the movement of bacteria for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. For this purpose in collaboration with microbiologists, they established a laboratory at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, according to information from the Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“JIHT opens at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) the laboratory of active media and systems in collaboration with the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. In interaction with microbiologists JIHT scientists plan to set up experiments with bacterial cultures that behave like active particles in some settings,” the report says.
As scientists have explained, in medicine, research in the field of active particles is associated with the possibility of targeted drug delivery – for example to the tumor area for its subsequent irradiation. Active particles can also eliminate atherosclerotic plaques that build up in the walls of blood vessels.
“We are talking about the use and transformation of energy from an external source into the energy of motion: if we control this mechanism, then we control the motion of the particles and can make them move in a required direction – for example, along blood vessels under control of magnetic field or particles with magnetic properties,” commented Oleg Petrov, director of the JIHT RAS.
In his opinion, the work of the laboratory will bring to a new level both interdisciplinary research at the intersection of physics and microbiology, and interdepartmental interaction in new scientific fields.