Protein Associated with Cancer Metastasis Identified

The role of vessels from the Lymphatic system in spreading cancer to fresh locations of the body is vital. Now, experts from the Saint Louis University have identified have a protein which provides an access to the malignant cells to enter into these vessels.

The research effort was supported by the National Institutes of Health and will be published in the April 15th, 2011 issue of the Journal of Cell Science.

The molecules identified are called CRSBP-1. When they bind to their receptors, a signal is produced which serves as token of entry to the lymphatic vessels. This is the mechanism by which many cancer cells enter into these vessels.

Though the presence of this protein was known to the scientists, they were unaware of its role. The present study has presented a new target which can be blocked in order to inhibit metastasis, reduce swelling and strengthen the immune system of the body.

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