by Medindia Content Team on  July 4, 2006 at 2:23 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News
Gene Responsible For Metastasis Found By Korean Scientists
A study was conducted by the Korean scientists from the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

The lead researcher Im Dong-soo said that the research team has found a human gene that aids in the growth and spread of cancer cells.

The researchers were very happy about the discovery and said that it would help in the development of new drugs for various cancers.

The study was mainly conducted on mice and the research team found that a carrier protein called E2-EPF ubiquitin is responsible for the cancer cells to metastasize.

This protein facilitates the cancer cells to multiply and metastasize to different areas within the body and affect various organs.

Hence the team said that the protein has to be regulated thereby it would facilitate the reduction of the growth and spread of cancer cells.

The protein is found to be associated with breast, liver and bowel cancers. The study results are published in the journal of Nature Medicine.

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