Breast cancer protein link


breast cancerA MELBOURNE researcher has uncovered a protein that controls the spread of breast cancer.

The discovery could lead to a new treatment to stop breast cancer from affecting other parts of the body.

Bones, lymph nodes, lungs and liver are common areas that breast cancer can spread to.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre post-doctoral fellow Dr Bedrich Eckhardt found a protein called BMP4, which controls the spread of breast cancer.

Animal tests have shown that low levels of BMP4 are linked to the spread of breast cancer.

"We have shown that higher levels of BMP4 can prevent the spread of breast cancer," Dr Eckhardt said.

source - Herald Sun 


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