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Study: A New Way To Slow Cancer Cell Growth

Posted by William Kirkpatrick on Jun 16, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 11.44.10 AM.jpgResearchers from the University of Rochester's Center for RNA Biology have identified a new way to potentially slow the fast-growing cells that characterize all types of cancer. The findings, reported in the journal Science, are a long way from being applied in people but they could be the basis of a treatment option in the future. 

All cells go through the "cell cycle," which is a series of events that culminate in orderly cell growth and division. In cancer, the cell cycle is out of whack - cells divide without stopping and invade surrounding tissues. 

Researchers identified a protein called Tudor-SN that is important in the "preparatory" phase of the cell cycle - the period when the cell gets ready to divide. When scientists eliminated this protein from cells, the cells took longer to divide. Tudor-SN is more abundant in cancer cells than healthy cells, and the study suggests that targeting this protein could inhibit fast-growing cancer cells. 

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