New Drug Within a Decade Might Block Metastasis

Metastasis is the stage of the cancer beyond which the disease cannot be cured. The stage represents a condition when the cancer cells spread to the fresh locations of the body.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia have discovered that blocking a gene WWP2 can bring this process of metastasis to halt. The results of their findings are published in the January 2011 issue of the journal Oncogene.

The discovered gene is found to attack and inhibit a naturally occurring protein from spreading of the cancer cells in the body. When tests were carried out in the laboratory, it was found that inhibiting the actions of the gene WWP2 led to the rise in the naturally occurring protein and an inability in the cancer cells to grow further.

Researchers are focusing their attention on the development of a drug which can potentially enter into the malignant cells destroy the rogue gene at least inhibit its activity. The researchers are hopeful that such a drug will be available in the market within a decade.

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