RESEARCHERS at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School have discovered a protein complex which they say can disrupt a process known to promote tumour development.
Known as dedifferentiation, the process causes tumours by leading mature cells to become ectopic neural stem cells.
These cells undergo uncontrolled growth, which eventually leads to brain tumours.
The team of researchers conducted a study using the brains of fruit flies uncovered a protein complex which can prevent the formation of ectopic neural stem cells.
The flies’ neural stem cells are similar to those of humans.
The discovery will provide insight on how the tumour development process can be inhibited and also help with the “development of future cancer therapies”. the school said in a statement. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network