Putting on the Brakes (on cancer cells)

braking

Best news I’ve heard in a long time!

Researchers working in small-scale lab tests believe they’ve figured out how to reprogram cancer cells by turning off their uncontrollable growth.

When healthy cells start to die, molecules called microRNAs deliver a specific protein which prevents the cells from dividing. Cancer cells don’t get enough of this protein, so those cells usually multiply at a much quicker rate.

When researchers at the Mayo Clinic injected cancer cells with microRNA,the tumor stopped growing.

They likened the process to applying the brakes in a vehicle. One researcher said with microRNA delivery, “We should be able to re-establish the brakes and restore normal cell function.”

They call it “an unexpected finding” and “a significant step” in understanding how cancer works.

But cells on their own in the lab aren’t the same as cells in a human patient, and the researchers don’t know if the process can be worked into any cancer treatments yet.
They’ve published their findings in the journalCell Biology.

Advertisements

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Helene
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 11:49:17

    Still, it’s a hopeful and promising avenue, and much needed

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: