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May 15, 2008

Abnormal enzyme might cause cancer

Filed under: diseases, science — Tags: , , — marley howards @ 10:47 am

I’m into health-related issues right now so I researched on health related topics and found out that a U.S.¬† study has determined an enzyme that regulates cell growth might, in some cases signal cells to become cancerous.¬† A University of Minnesota team, led by cancer biologists¬† Professor Zigang Dong and Ann Bode, has found the potential culprit among a network of enzymes that relays signals inside cells to regulate such functions such as cell growth,cancer development, and programmed cell death.

The study, conducted with human colorectal cancer cells, suggests drugs designed to disable the enzyme known as TOPK might have anti-cancer benefits.

It reflects that Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer mortality and the molecular pathways remain incompletely understood.

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