Researchers Reverse Cell Division

by Medindia Content Team on  April 13, 2006 at 8:33 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Researchers Reverse Cell Division
US researchers have found a way to reverse the process of cell division. This process was initially thought to be unstoppable. This finding could be an important milestone in the fight against cancer, in which cells divide uncontrollably.
Advertisement

Researchers from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have published their findings in the journal Nature. Cell division occurs about a million times in the human body each day. However, there has to be a perfect co-ordination between the components of the cell, more specifically the DNA and their host, the chromosomes. In cancer cells, there is a defective mechanism in these two components. In the current study researchers were able to control a protein called cyclin, which appears to play a key role in this process before disappearing. The researchers inactivated this protein and found that they could reverse the cell division. "No-one has got the cell cycle to go backwards before now. This shows that certain events in the cell cycle that have long been assumed irreversible may, in fact, be reversible," said Dr Gary Gorbsky, who led the research. Professor Jonathon Pines, an expert in cancer cell division at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge cautioned that this would not automatically mean new cancer treatments. "It is useful for us to understand how the cell goes through the process of segregating the chromosomes," he said.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive