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Loss of tumor supressor gene essential to transforming benign nerve tumors into cancers
Date:10/13/2009

nd molecular medicine institute - translating discoveries in a basic science lab into discoveries in patients," Wu said.

Currently, there are no effective treatments to prevent the benign NF1 tumors from transforming into cancer. The genetically engineered mouse model will be used to screen drugs that may be able to target the signaling pathway regulated by PTEN, to block signals that instruct the cells to change from a benign state to a malignant one, providing treatment options for patients with the deadly form of cancer.

"I think these findings will help us provide a better diagnosis that can determine if the neurofibroma is becoming a malignant tumor or not," Eilber said. "But more importantly, the loss of the PTEN and its associated signaling pathways gives us targets for therapy and it may lay the foundation for treatment in other sarcomas as well."


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Contact: Kim Irwin
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University of California - Los Angeles
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