Navigation Links
Komen grant supports research into suspicious gene tied to breast cancer
Date:8/9/2010

Someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer every 23 seconds. It is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide among women and approximately 456,000 die from the disease each year. At The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), a scientist is taking aim at the molecular machinery behind this disease.

Armed with an award from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Catherine Denicourt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of integrative biology and pharmacology at the UTHealth Medical School, is studying a suspicious gene tied to increased risk of malignant breast cancer.

"This is innovative research that we hope will lead us to better, easier and more effective treatments for breast cancer," said Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a tremendous urgency to deliver the cures more effectively, particularly for aggressive cancers that are so serious and difficult."

While the body is constantly replacing old cells with new, cancer occurs when cell growth spins out of control. It can lead to tumors that can shut down vital organs. Much research has focused on the genes that control cell growth. They are called tumor suppressor genes and aid in the production of the proteins that carry out this job.

Denicourt's research is focused on a tumor suppressor gene (p27kip1) that has been associated with aggressive breast cancer. "We're looking at non-genetic causes of abnormal cell division," Denicourt said. "This is a tumor suppressor. But when it moves from the nucleus to the cytoplasm it becomes a tumor promoter. If we can understand why this is happening, we may be able to develop drugs to prevent it."


'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Cahill
Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3030
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Exciting new companies at NJITs small biz incubator get 100K in grants
2. Broad Institute awarded major grant to bolster epigenomics research
3. Entertainment Software Association Foundation awards grant to FAS for immune attack
4. National Science Foundation grants Clemson professors award to develop nanoprobes
5. Dunn Foundation gives Rice $3M for collaborative research grants
6. National Science Foundation grant expands UMCES oyster research
7. Penn State receives new NASA astrobiology grant
8. BIO-key(R) Granted Additional Patent for Biometric Security Solution
9. FSU researchers discovery leads to $1.5 million grant, potential new treatment of liver fibrosis
10. Northwest climate change is target of $3.2M in grants to University of Oregon
11. UT Southwestern researcher awarded Gates Foundation grant for novel vaccine development
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Komen grant supports research into suspicious gene tied to breast cancer
(Date:1/18/2017)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , Jan. 18, 2017  In ... with respect to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and Kalorama ... reasons for such acquisitions have been shifting. Generally, uncertainty ... and the U.S. has changed the acquisitions ... situation has resulted in companies buying partners outside of ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... N.Y. , Jan. 13, 2017 ... technology solutions for the homecare industry, including Electronic ... homecare industry expert, Justin Jugs, as Senior Vice ... more than 15 years of homecare experience to ... in developing strategic plans to align Sandata,s suite ...
(Date:1/12/2017)...  New research undertaken by Fit Small Business ... participants were simply asked which office technology had they not ... standard issue.  Insights on what will be key ... futurists and industry leaders including Penelope Trunk , ... Some of these findings included; ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... ... Surgery (LES®) Technologies, announced today the next evolution in spinal fusion, the ... platform). In contrast to the competition, SpineFrontier is focused on technique driven ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Research Future has a half cooked research report on Global Liquid ... and expected to reach USD 450 Million by the end of ... ... assessed as a swiftly growing market and expected that the market ... There has been a tremendous growth in the prevalence of cancer ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire -- WuXi AppTec, a ... capability and technology platform, today announced that it ... focused preclinical drug discovery contract research organization (CRO). ... a wholly-owned subsidiary of WuXi, and will continue ... providing greater services. The acquisition will further strengthen ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Genedata, ... (R&D), today announced the launch of Data Science Services , offering ... evolving field of precision medicine. , Data Science Services allows pharmaceutical ...
Breaking Biology Technology: