Thursday, March 30, 2006

Protein linked to spread of cancer identified

Independent Online (via Reuters), March 28, 2006
Scientists have identified and blocked the action of a protein linked to the spread of breast, prostate and skin cancer cells to the bones.The molecule called RANKL is produced in bone marrow. In studies of mice, researchers from Austria and Canada showed that inhibiting the protein could stop the cancerous cells from migrating to the bones."RANKL is a protein which tells tumour cells to come to it," said Professor Josef Penninger, of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna."It sits on the bones and when tumour cells circulate in the body then RANKL attracts them into the bones." --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--


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