Scientists Identify Protein that May Stop Prostate Cancer Growth

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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Medline Plus reports that scientists have identified a protein, Bmi-1, that may control prostate cancer growth. The Bmi-1 protein not only helps contribute to the transformation of healthy cells into cancerous cells but it also aids in regulating self-renewal of prostate stem cells.

By inhibiting the Bmi-1 protein researchers found that cancer growth was controlled, particularly with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer.

The research team from the University of California, Los Angeles, hopes that this finding could lead to better ways in controlling the progression and growth of prostate cancer cells.

The study was recently published online in Cell Stem Cell.

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