Washington: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) researchers have uncovered a technique to halt the growth of cancer cells, leading them to a potential new anti-cancer therapy.They found that when deprived of a key protein, some cancer cells are unable to properly divide."This is the first time anyone has explained how altering this protein at a key stage in cell reproduction can stop cancer growth," said Bennett Van Houten, Ph.D., the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at UPCI and senior author of the research paper."Our hope is that this discovery will spur the development of a new type of cancer drug that targets this process and could work synergistically with existing drugs," he added.
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