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    Small-molecule drug drives cancer cells to suicide

    Cancer researchers have pinned down a molecule that can kick-start the body’s own tumour-destroying systems, triggering cell death in cancerous but not healthy tissue in mice.

    The molecule, TIC10, activates the gene for a protein called TRAIL (tumour-necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand), which has long been a target for cancer researchers looking for drugs that would avoid the debilitating effects of conventional therapies.

    “TRAIL is a part of our immune system: all of us with functional immune systems use this molecule to keep tumours from forming or spreading, so boosting this will not be as toxic as chemotherapy,” says Wafik El-Deiry, an oncologist at Pennsylvania State University in Hershey and lead author of the study, which is published today in Science Translational Medicine1.

    http://www.nature.com/news/small-mol...uicide-1.12385


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    I do hope this can work, as long as any side effects are not bad, or as bad as chemo. Anything to help defeat cancer would be a real life miracle to me.

    Unless I have included a link, it is my opinion and only my opinion that I am expressing.



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