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Chemical competition: Research identifies new mechanism regulating embryonic development
Date:3/9/2010

pathways in cancer cells by adding a protein that monopolizes the MAPK enzyme, effectively disrupting the chemical circuitry of a cancer cell.

In future work, the researchers plan to conduct experiments to investigate competition among other proteins that bind to MAPK and to investigate how this competition for the MAPK enzyme manifests itself in other organisms. The group also intends to explore how certain proteins are able to outcompete other proteins for the enzyme's attention, perhaps by binding more strongly or efficiently to the molecule. In time, the group may expand its work to consider whether similar competition models affect the activity of different enzymes in other signaling pathways.


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