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Combining the old and new to kill cancer cells

A team of Singapore based scientists have found that pairing a new approach with an old drug may be an effective approach to treat common cancers. In a landmark study, Professor David Virshup and Dr. Jit ...

Mar 23, 2015
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Researchers identify biomarker for smoker's lung cancer

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that a specific protein pair may be a successful prognostic biomarker for identifying smoking-related lung cancers. The protein—ASCL1—is associated with increased expression of the RET ...

Sep 19, 2013
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Cutting off all points of escape for melanoma cells

Despite the success of recent approved therapeutics to treat advanced melanoma, metastatic cancer cells inevitably evolve resistance to drugs. In the journal Cell Reports, a team of researchers based at The Wistar Instit ...

Sep 19, 2013
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Team finds new target for melanoma treatment

Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) today announced the discovery that a gene encoding an enzyme, phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 (PDK1), plays an essential role in the development ...

Sep 16, 2013
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Oncogene

An oncogene is a gene that has the potential to cause cancer. In tumor cells, they are often mutated or expressed at high levels. An oncogene is a gene found in the chromosomes of tumor cells whose activation is associated with the initial and continuing conversion of normal cells into cancer cells.

Most normal cells undergo a programmed form of death (apoptosis). Activated oncogenes can cause those cells that ought to die to survive and proliferate instead. Most oncogenes require an additional step, such as mutations in another gene, or environmental factors, such as viral infection, to cause cancer. Since the 1970s, dozens of oncogenes have been identified in human cancer. Many cancer drugs target the proteins encoded by oncogenes.

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