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New Research Aims To Stop Cancer Tumor Growth Via Protein Power

Per a new release, a team of scientists recently managed to create a new therapy option that can help stop the growth of cancer tumors all thanks to the power of protein.

Protein Power

As a disease, cancer, in all of its many forms and types, is easily one of the most dangerous conditions in all of America, even now when modern medicine is readily available. In fact, statistics show that back in 2018, a whopping 324,000 men died from cancer in the U.S., with the combination of colorectal cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer equating to half of those unfortunate deaths.

Per experts, large percentage of these cancer cases could have been prevented if a better system is in place or if they were treated at their earlier stages. As such, a team of scientists from Purdue University successfully created a new therapy option that may be able to stop tumor growth in some types of cancer. This includes prostate cancer, which is one of the most common (and dangerous) cancer that men can develop.

“We have designed a therapy that can help recruit immune cells to kill cancer and also help repair bone and tissues damaged by tumors. One of the best features of this technology is that it shows great promise in enabling treatment for many other cancers and diseases that could benefit from halting tumor growth and promoting bone repair,” Marxa Figueiredo, associate professor of basic medical sciences in Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine, who helped lead the research team and is working with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization to patent the innovation, said.

With the study finds published in the journal Molecular Therapy: Methods & Clinical Development, the team is able to discover that a protein called interleukin-27 or IL-27 has shown great promise in helping stop cancer from spreading throughout the body by reducing tumor growth.

“With our novel approach of targeting the IL-27 to the tumor or bone cells, we can use these proteins to produce signals that bring healthy cells to areas of the body with cancer or other disease and kill the tumors and begin the process of repairing bone and other musculoskeletal tissues,” Figueiredo said.

Colorectal cancer Colorectal cancer affects the colon and the rectum and has been growing in people in their 20s and 30s. Pixabay

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