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Lull prostate cancer

Jun 16th 2014 at 10:12 PM

Prof. Kounosuke Watabe with a team of researchers from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine showed that a protein called BMP7 is able to enter the cells of prostate cancer in a kind of hibernation state.
BMP7 is produced by bone cells and belongs to the familyproteinknown as bone morphogenetic proteins that regulate cell growth and differentiation of bone and cartilage. The role of these proteins is not limited only to these two tissues.

They are also crucial for the development ofsystemnervous system , and kidney. As explained by the researchers, BMP7 may also soon become an important part of the fight against prostate cancer.

Particularly advantageous effects, which the researchers may be seen in patients whose cancer has on its surface receptor BMPR2.These patients had longer periods without relapse than those without this receptor.

Unfortunately hibernation prostate cancer cells derived BMP7 action is reversible. In studies in mice, it was found that the discontinuation of this protein acts as a clock

, causing the re-growth of the tumor .Despite this, scientists hope that soon therapy increasing the concentration of BMP7 or mimicking its action will help to prevent the recurrence of the cancer.

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