Non-toxic peptide blocks spread of prostate cancer in rats

ANN ARBOR---University of Michigan scientists have developed a new cancer-inhibiting peptide, or chain of amino acids, that has proven to be effective at preventing metastatic prostate cancer from spreading to other organs in laboratory rats. Rats treated systemically with the new peptide developed smaller primary tumors and fewer lung metastases than untreated rats and showed no toxic side effects from the treatment. The peptide was effective even if primary tumors were allowed to grow to a large size before surgery and peptide treatment began. If future studies show the peptide works as well in people, it could be the basis for a new approach to cancer therapy. In an article published in the Jan. 15 issue of Cancer Research, U-M scientists present results from an extensive series of experiments which document the peptide's ability to block cancer cells' invasive activity and limit the growth and spread of tumors in laboratory rats. U-M scientist Donna L. Livant, Ph.D., created the peptide by changing just one amino acid in a short sequence of a common blood protein called fibronectin, which circulates freely through the body in blood plasma, lymph, serum and interstitial fluid around cells. When tissue is damaged, fibronectin at the injury site fragments and diffuses outward. Unlike intact fibronectin, which is present everywhere in the body, these fragments bind to fibronectin receptors on cells surrounding damaged tissue, which stimulates them to invade and repair the injury. The downside to this process, according to Livant---an assistant professor of cellular biology in the U-M Medical School---is that cancer cells can mutate so that intact fibronectin stimulates them to invade surrounding tissue also. "Cancer is the price we pay for our ability to heal from wounds," Livant said. "When intact fibronectin stimulates cancer cells to invade, they can easily reach the blood or lymphatic system and metastasize or spread to other parts

Contact: Sally Pobojewski
University of Michigan

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Study: Mothers turn fearless when peptide level drops
2. Infusion of two peptides acts to accelerate appetite satisfaction
3. Study suggests insect-derived antimicrobial peptides could be used as drug-delivery vehicles
4. Protease-inhibitor cocktail protects, increases anti-microbial action of promising new peptide
5. Scripps scientists describe dangerous cocktail of alcohol, brain peptides, and neurotransmitters
6. Zengen, Inc. receives patent application approval for proprietary peptide technology
7. Scientists develop super peptide that kills Candida albicans
8. Patients with serious kidney disorder produce natriuretic peptides at above average rates
9. UB dental researchers find novel peptide in saliva that kills broad range of fungi and bacteria
10. Antimicrobial peptides: new weapons to fight infection
11. Regulation of vascular tone by a secreted mitochondrial peptide

Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  GCE Solutions, a global clinical research ... and document anonymization solution on October 4, 2017. Shadow is designed ... to comply with policy 0070 of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) ... ... Solutions ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ivWatch LLC , a medical device company focused on improving the ... its ISO 13485 Certification, the global standard for medical device quality ... ... device for the early detection of IV infiltrations. ... "This is an important milestone for ivWatch, as it validates ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... 30, 2017 Today, American Trucking Associations ... of face and eye tracking software, became the ... program. "Artificial intelligence and advanced ... monitor a driver,s attentiveness levels while on the ... to detect fatigue and prevent potential accidents, which ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Florida (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to SBT-100, its novel anti-STAT3 ... for the treatment of osteosarcoma. SBT-100 is able to cross the cell membrane ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dr. Bob Harman, founder and CEO of VetStem Biopharma, ... The event entitled “Stem Cells and Their Regenerative Powers,” was held on ... DVM, MPVM was joined by two human doctors: Peter B. Hanson, M.D., Chief of ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... year’s recipients of 13 prestigious awards honoring scientists who have ... presented in a scheduled symposium during Pittcon 2018, the world’s leading conference and ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The Giving ... marijuana products targeting the needs of consumers who are incorporating medical marijuana into ... in Phoenix, Arizona. , As operators of two successful Valley dispensaries, The Giving ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: