November 16th, 2009

Protein Switches from Protector to Aggressor in Tumors

By Kelley Luckstein

Researchers have reported that a protein thought to have a chemoprotective effect is actually a cancer promoter. 

 

The study, led by Peter Storz, PhD from Mayo Clinic in Florida, builds on earlier findings from collaborating author Alex Toke, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. That work demonstrated that AKt, a protein that protects tumor cells from programmed cell death and induces proliferation of cancer, also inhibits tumor cell invasion in certain circumstances.

 

Oncology Nursing News by Tasheema Prince, 11/16/09

Tags: AKt, Cancer, protein, tumors

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