Researchers from Stanford University have made an amazing discovery which shows the role of blue-green algae and light to activate the process of photosynthesis inside heart which can treat heart disease. Cardiac disorders are the primary cause of death globally claiming the lives of many individuals every minute.
The use of blue-green algae and light can help in healing human organs specifically it can boost the cardiac function. For the purpose of the study, researchers injected blue-green algae into the hearts of anesthetized mice suffering from heart disease. After this, the mice were exposed to light to activate the process of photosynthesis which increases the flow of oxygen inside the body that improves cardiac function.
Dr. Joseph Woo, from Stanford University, have said that this is recycling system. For instance, when the blue-green algae are injected into the body they use up carbon dioxide and in turn using light they release out oxygen. This process will supply oxygen to the heart during heart attacks or during improper cardiac rhythms.
This theory sheds light on the way which could provide oxygen to heart when there is improper blood supply. Dr. Woo said: “The plants uses carbon dioxide and releases oxygen which is essential for human beings. Hence this technique was found which can use plant cells like blue-green algae and light and place them near heart cells to generate oxygen by using carbon dioxide.
Earlier techniques used 3D printing and stem cells to provide oxygen to the oxygen-deficient organ and this is the new natural technique of generating oxygen. Dr. Woo and his team had earlier used chloroplasts on heart cells but it was unstable. Hence afterward they used cyanobacteria called blue-green algae which can survive in water. As human body consists up to 60% water the blue-green algae were able to survive inside.
They also found that these bacteria were able to survive on heart tissue which was placed on petri dish hence they conducted the next experiment. These cyanobacteria degenerated after 24 hours but the improvement in heart functioning was seen upto four weeks. As the research is in the preliminary stage we have to wait until the study is eligible for a human trial.