Navigation Links
Antibiotic inhibits cancer gene activity

A little-known antibiotic shows early promise as an anti-cancer agent, inhibiting a gene found at higher-than-normal levels in most human tumors, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Their findings appear in the Oct. 1 issue of Cancer Research.

"We chose to target a gene believed to be over-expressed in cancer cells to screen for promising anti-cancer agents," said Andrei Gartel, assistant professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at UIC and principal investigator on the study.

The FoxM1 gene is responsible for turning on genes needed for cell proliferation and turning off genes that block proliferation. Uncontrolled proliferation is characteristic of cancer cells.

The researchers developed a new screening system, based on a naturally fluorescent protein called luciferase, to identify small molecules that inhibit proteins that turn genes on and off. Using this system, they identified an antibiotic, siomycin A, that specifically targets FoxM1 without affecting other cell functions.

In further experiments in tissue cultures, the researchers found that siomycin A induced cancer cells, but not normal cells, to commit suicide in a process called apoptosis.

The new screening technique, Gartel said, gives researchers a rapid way to find agents that target oncogenes -- genes believed to cause cancer. He said siomycin A, the first compound found with the method, "is particularly promising because we know that it is not toxic."

Siomycin A must now be tested against other cell lines in the laboratory and in preliminary animal experiments before human trials could be planned. Only a tiny fraction of promising candidate drugs enter clinical trials, and few of those are ever approved.

Gartel said the participation of the late Robert Costa, professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at UIC and a leader in research on FoxM1, was critical for the success of the project thus far.

Senthil Radhakrishnan, a visiting bioinformatics expert at UIC, is first author of the paper. Uppoor Bhat, Douglas Hughes and I-Ching Wang also contributed to the study.
'"/>

Source:University of Illinois at Chicago


Related biology news :

1. Antibiotic Resistant Bacterium Uses Sonar-like Strategy to “See?Enemies or Prey
2. Antibiotic might fight HIV-induced neurological problems
3. New Drugs For Bad Bugs: UF Approach Could Bolster Antibiotic Arsenal
4. To Stop Evolution: New Way Of Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Demonstrated By Scripps Scientists
5. Chemical Engineer Kao Explores Antibiotic Synthesis With DNA Chips
6. Use of Antibiotics for Acne May Increase Risk of Common Illness
7. Large-scale Computer Simulations Reveal New Insights Into Antibiotic Resistance
8. Antibiotic treats lymphoma of the eye
9. Novel antiviral technology inhibits RSV infection in mice
10. Researchers find molecule that inhibits regrowth of spinal nerve cells
11. Techniques available to detect soil that inhibits destructive soybean pest

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/6/2017)... 2017 RAM Group , Singaporean ... breakthrough in biometric authentication based on a ... to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are based ... by Ram Group and its partners. This sensor will ... chains and security. Ram Group is a next ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... UBM,s Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in ... and evolving technology through its 3D Printing and Smart ... the expo portion of the event and feature a ... on trending topics within 3D printing and smart manufacturing. ... will take place June 13-15, 2017 at the Jacob K. ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NXTD ) ... appointment of independent Directors Mr. Robin D. Richards ... Directors, furthering the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , Chief Executive ... their guidance and benefiting from their considerable expertise as we ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... 15, 2017 , ... JULABO USA introduces its new website ... makes it easy to navigate through the site whether you’re in the office, ... information, educational industry content and visit the company’s social media accounts, all on ...
(Date:8/14/2017)... , ... August 14, 2017 , ... ... essential device-to-computer interconnect using USB or PCI Express, announced the release of SYZYGY™, ... is intended to satisfy the need for a compact, low cost, low pin-count, ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , Aug. 11, 2017 ... in a New York Times article regarding ... 9.2 billion, according to Kalorama Information.  The ... an App for That"  used information ... Remote Patient Monitoring & Telemedicine Market  (Sleep, ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... ... August 11, 2017 , ... Algenist continues to disrupt the skincare ... like never before. , Collagen is the key structural element skin needs to ... Collagen™, which include: , First to market with proprietary ...
Breaking Biology Technology: