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Blocking a gene can impede spread of cancer cells

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posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 09:12 PM
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this is looking interesting



The University of East Anglia has discovered a gene which enables cancer to move across the body.Experiments on tissue cultures propose that obstructing it would prevent cancers spreading. The discovery leads researchers to believe a new generation of cancer drugs may emerge within the decade. According to UK Cancer Research, the study provided an enhanced understanding of the disease, but still it was at the laboratory stage. There are cures for primary cancers, but tumors have the potential to multiply. Cells can break away and move around the body, via the bloodstream or lymph fluid, and initiate a new or secondary tumor where they land, and this process is known as metastasis. Breast cancers are identified to spread to lymph nodes, the bones and the lungs. But it is difficult to treat these secondary tumors. The gene, i.e. WWP2, leads towards the collapse of an inhibitor that usually keeps cells in check. In tissue cultures, the researchers demonstrated that, without the inhibitor, Smad7, cancer developed and advanced very quickly and spread. Blocking the gene was helpful in prevention of that spread. ********************************************** The Views and Opinions Expressed by the author are his or her opinions only and do not necessarily reflect those of this Web-Site or its agents, affiliates, officers, directors, staff, or contractors. The author at the time of this article did not own any shares or receive any consideration financial or otherwise from any company or person mentioned or referred to in the article.

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posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 09:48 PM
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Wow thanks for posting. Most folks have been touched by or have had family and friends assaulted by this insidious disease. .
progress in this area is always welcome to hear..



 
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