One Protein Helps 75% of Cancers to Spread.

The protein MYC is part of healthy cell activity, but when cancer cells develop, it goes haywire – going outside of its normal, carefully controlled role and helping cancer to spread. Now, scientists may have found a way to stop this from happening.

Part of the problem in reining in MYC is that it's a shapeless protein, one that doesn't really have a structure that can be targeted. That makes it difficult for drugs to effectively identify MYC and keep it behaving normally.

However, a team from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has been able to develop a peptide compound that can bind or interact with MYC and help get it back under control.

The researchers were able to study the small amounts of structure that MYC does have in order to build up a library of peptides that might be able to snag on to that structure. 

Source: www.sciencealert.com


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