Calcium-shuttling molecule linked to aggressive cancer

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Plazma Inferno!, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    Scientists have captured new images of a calcium-shuttling molecule that has been linked to aggressive cancers. The three-dimensional structure could help researchers develop novel therapies and diagnostic tools for diseases that are caused by a malfunction in calcium adsorption.
    Alexander Sobolevsky's lab at Columbia University Medical Center is studying a family of proteins called "Transient receptor potential (TRP)" channels. These proteins line surfaces inside the body, such as the intestine, and form pores that help calcium cross a dense barrier of lipid and protein called the membrane to reach the interior of the cell.
    Scientists have found that a TRP channel variant, called TRPV6, is present in excess amounts in the tumor cells of some cancer patients. And patients who have higher quantities of TRPV6 seem to have a more aggressive form of the disease.

Share This Page