Navigation Links
U-M Researchers ID Gene Involved in Pancreatic Cancer
Date:3/2/2009

ATDC levels average 20-fold higher in cancerous cells

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a gene that is overexpressed in 90 percent of pancreatic cancers, the most deadly type of cancer.

Expression of the gene, Ataxia Telangiectasia Group D Complementing gene, called ATDC, is on average 20 times higher in pancreatic cancer cells than in cells from a normal pancreas. What's more, the gene appears to make pancreatic cancer cells resistant to current therapies.

"One of the challenges in pancreatic cancer is that it is biologically aggressive and it does not respond well to chemotherapy or radiation. We found that ATDC not only causes the cancer cells to grow faster and be more aggressive, but it also makes the cancer cells particularly resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. By targeting this gene, we may be able to make cancer cells more sensitive to the therapies we already have in hand," says senior study author Diane Simeone, M.D., director of the Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Clinic at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Results of the study appear in the March issue of Cancer Cell.

The researchers injected into mice tumor cells expressing ATDC and compared that to a separate group of mice injected with tumor cells in which ATDC was suppressed. In the ATDC-expressing group, tumors grew in all the samples and were significantly larger and starting to metastasize, or spread. In the group in which ATDC was not expressed, only minimal signs of tumor growth were seen after 60 days.

"This particular gene promotes the biologic aggressiveness of the cancer," says Simeone, who is also Lazar J. Greenfield Professor of Surgery and Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the U-M Medical School.

In addition, the researchers found that ATDC is most highly expressed at the point when pre-cancerous cells become malignant. ATDC was also linked to increased levels of a signaling protein called beta-catenin, which is known to play a key role in cancer development.

Researchers believe ATDC has potential as a target for developing future therapies. It could also help doctors determine when a patient has pancreatic cancer and when it's chronic pancreatitis, a diagnosis that's often difficult to make without surgery. In some cases, this may allow patients to avoid an operation.

ATDC also appears to be involved in other cancer types, including bladder cancer and lung cancer. Researchers are continuing to investigate its role. This research was done in the laboratory. No tests or therapies related to ATDC are available at this time.

Pancreatic cancer statistics: 37,680 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and 34,290 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Additional authors: Lidong Wang, David G. Heidt, Cheong J. Lee, Huibin Yang, Eric R. Fearon and Mats Ljungman from U-M; Craig D. Logsdon from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Lizhi Zhang from the Mayo Clinic.

Funding: National Institutes of Health, Lustgarten Foundation

Reference: Cancer Cell, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 207-219

Resources:

U-M Cancer AnswerLine, 800-865-1125

U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, www.mcancer.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Stanford researchers find culprit in aging muscles that heal poorly
2. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
3. Mayo Clinic researchers discover new diagnostic test for detecting infection in prosthetic joints
4. Bipolar disorder relapses halved by Melbourne researchers
5. Cell that triggers symptoms in allergy attacks can also limit damage, Stanford researchers find
6. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
7. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
8. Majority of 2.4 Million U.S. Children With ADHD Not Diagnosed or Consistently Treated, According to New Gold Standard Study by Cincinnati Childrens Researchers
9. Researchers develop long-lasting growth hormone
10. Jefferson immunology researchers halt lethal rabies infection in brain
11. Purdue researchers develop technology to detect cancer by scanning surface veins
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the ... the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and ... Beach to host its Swirl: Miami Wine Tasting Event on March 28, 2017. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... Los ... two episodes of WE TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which will begin ... notable, “Mama” June Shannon, known to millions from the 2012 reality television series, “Here ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... content provider for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ... organizations in the National Health Service (NHS) to search, order and purchase medical ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... exciting, new, interactive publication where generations converge and explore the world from different ... worldview, Dialog Magazine enables readers to gain understanding, increase empathy, and find greater ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Healthcare Research & ... in the fight against cancer, has produced a seminal study that asked cancer ... release top-line findings in a webinar, Defining Compassionate Care Through the Voices of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017  Genesis Healthcare Services has merged with Hospice ... by Bill Monast , President and CEO of ... Nathan Feltman , executives with Home Health Depot, Inc., ... This acquisition helps Hospice Cloud maintain its ... durable medical equipment (DME) solutions for the hospice industry. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... offering. ... Menopause Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016, provides drug pricing data ... following questions: What are the key drugs ... the Global Menopause market? What are the unit prices ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017 Regulus ... the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, ... year 2016 financial results on Thursday, March 2, 2017 ... a conference call and webcast on March 2, 2017 ... and full year 2016 financial results and provide a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: