New Protein Creates Road Blocks to Halt Cancer

January 21, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Bell Biophysics Lab believe they have identified a protein directly linked with cancer, that can be ‘switched off’.

The protein, known as protein kinase B (PKB) is found in most tumors, and so became the focus of their research. The scientists on the product were able to create a working model, and within that model, they were stunned to find a kind of hidden area, where they believe it could be manipulated to ‘switch off’ the protein.

“An overactive form of PKB is observed in tumors,” Banafshe Larijani, a professor involved in the project, explained. “So finding a way to switch this enzyme off lets us, in effect, put up road blocks along routes by which cancer can develop.”

“We have recognized the important role this protein can have in driving cancer development and now we know its full structure, the coast is clear to develop new therapies which will help in our fight to beat cancer,” Dr Lesley Walker, another scientist involved in the research, added.


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