“What is really exciting about this research is it is the first time that anyone has blocked the growth of a primary tumour by the simple delivery of a microRNA inhibitor.”
Dr Susan Woods – QIMR
Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of California-San Francisco have found a new way to kill cancer cells by blocking overproduced microRNAs that disable p53, a protein that regulates cell growth and acts as a natural defense against cancer.
These findings could pave the way for a new generation of cancer treatments. (read the entire release… )
The study is published today in the journal Nature Medicine and is available online http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nm.2227.