Ground-breaking cell biology research out of The University of South Australia’s Centre for Cancer Biology could open the door to new ways of stopping the spread of cancers to secondary sites in the body (commonly known as metastasis). Metastasis is known to be the main cause of death in many types of cancer.
Adjunct Associate Professor Dr. Yeesim Khew-Goodall, in collaboration with a research group at Monash University, discovered the key enzymes that control the secretion of metastasis-promoting proteins. Secretions from cancer cells that lack the enzyme could promote metastasis, and the cancer cells that lack the enzyme were more prone to metastasis. This suggests that boosting the level of the enzyme could block cancer metastasis.
Further research found that patients who have cancers with low amounts of the enzyme are more at risk of metastasis.
Important discoveries such as this keep Australia clever and internationally recognised, highlighting the importance of research in Australia. Thanks for keeping it clever, Uni SA
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