Navigation Links
Molecule Disrupts DNA Sequence in Ewing's Sarcoma
Date:4/14/2008

Finding could yield first targeted therapy for the rare disease, researchers say

MONDAY, April 14 (HealthDay News) -- A molecule that disrupts the oncogene that causes Ewing's sarcoma has been identified by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers.

Ewing's sarcoma is a rare cancer that strikes children and young adults and can cause tumors to grow anywhere in the body. About 500 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Treatment involves a combination of five different chemotherapy drugs. An estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of patients survive over time, but many experience lingering effects from the chemotherapy.

Ewing's sarcoma occurs when there's an exchange of DNA between two chromosomes, a process called translocation. The EWS gene on chromosome 22 fuses to the FLI1 gene on chromosome 11, creating a new gene called EWS-FLI1, which produces the fusion protein that's causes cancer.

If further research shows that this newly identified molecule is effective, it could offer the first targeted therapy to treat Ewing's sarcoma, the researchers said. The molecule works through a so-called protein-protein interaction and could provide a model upon which to design other therapies.

"I think this holds really wonderful promise as a unique way of targeting fusion proteins," lead investigator Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky, a pediatric oncology physician and researcher at Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a prepared statement.

"People thought it wasn't possible to have a small molecule that can bind between flexible proteins, but we have shown that it can be done," Toretsky said.

He noted that the study was conducted in laboratory cells, so further research is needed before the molecule can be tested in humans.

The study was to be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, in San Diego.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about Ewing's sarcoma.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Georgetown University Medical Center, news release, April 13, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers learn how signaling molecule orchestrates breast cancers spread
2. Molecules that changed the world
3. Pain in fibromyalgia is linked to changes in brain molecule
4. Allergic response tied to lipid molecules in cell membrane
5. New understanding of how big molecules bind will lead to better drugs, synthetic organic materials
6. Novel molecules developed at UB can boost vaccine potency
7. Novel small molecule therapy shows benefit for anemic patients via hydration of red blood cells
8. Molecules may help predict survival in liver cancer
9. Synthesis of natural molecule could lead to better anti-cancer drugs
10. Molecule May Trigger Psoriasis
11. Alzheimers molecule is a smart speed bump on the nerve-cell transport highway
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Molecule Disrupts DNA Sequence in Ewing's Sarcoma
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in the health ... of leaders in the nursing and health care industry. It also provides insight to ... Christian University. , As the nursing industry is coming out of one of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at a June ... wait until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev Dhawan of ... , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cabot Corporation, Pfizer, and ... according to court documents and SEC filings. A jury has returned a ... American Optical Corporation, Case No. BC588866, Los Angeles County, California. The jury awarded ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Connor Sports, through its Connor Cares initiative, will ... Tamika Catchings Legacy Tour that will commemorate the Indiana Fever legend’s hall-of-fame career ... all forms and levels of the game, Connor Sports has committed to a significantly ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a ... The results, published online this week in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016 Cirujanos holandeses han puesto ... los médicos a compartir sus mejores prácticas por el ... Profesionales médicos de Europa, África, Asia ... la aplicación, que combina la transmisión en vivo con ... Educación   "Imagine un médico de ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Mass. , May 24, 2016  NxStage Medical, ... technology company focused on advancing renal care, today announced ... plans to participate in the following schedule of investor ... be made available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ . ... Jefferies Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, June ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... HONG KONG , May 24, 2016 ... de COMBO ™ , la ... présentent des cathéters destinés à l,intervention portant ... artério-veineuse (FAV)   OrbusNeich, entreprise ... vasculaires permettant de changer la vie, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: