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Scientists Develop Method to Trigger Cell Death in Cancer Cells

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A study recently published in the Nature Communications medical journal has researchers in Melbourne looking closely at cell death mechanisms as a potential cure for cancer.

The research team isolated a protein that triggers cell death, a process known as apoptosis. The protein, Bak, exists dormant in healthy cells until something triggers that cell to die. Bak then activates and turns into a killer protein, destroying the cell from the inside.

Researchers found an antibody they had previously produced to study Bak bound to the protein and triggered its killer mode. These unexpected findings prompted the research team to investigate the antibody for potential uses in cancer-fighting medications.

The medical community is working on triggering cell death in cancer cells as a means of destroying only the cancerous areas and leaving the rest of the body unharmed. The antibody may be the next wave of research into cancer-killing treatments. Doctors are looking to pair the antibody with previously discovered ‘BH3-only proteins’ that perform the same triggering action in Bak.

Cancer Continues to be a Leading Cause of Disability in America

Cancer can cause disabling conditions before, during, and after treatment. Many cancer patients experience fatigue and other work-impairing conditions while undergoing and after completely chemotherapy. Even with treatment, symptoms of cancer can prevent patients from working and earning an income.

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