Scientists Uncover A Huge Cancer Breakthrough

Scientists have discovered a new way to fight cancer by getting tumor cells “addicted’ to drugs, which will kill them in minutes.

The method, referred to as “mito-priming”, has been hailed by scientists as a milestone in the fight against cancer.

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Researchers at the Beatson Institute in Glasgow that is run by Cancer Research UK and closely associated with Glasgow University created the “important” technique as a study tool while attempting to figure out how cancer cells die.

The method may be used to detect new anti-cancer drugs, like so-called “BH3-mimetics” medications, and screen their efficiency.

BH3-mimetics, an “extremely promising” new class of cancer drugs produced to purposely kill tumor cells, target a family of proteins referred to as BCL-2 proteins that work to keep cancer cells alive.

Scientists at Glasgow University’s Institute of Cancer Sciences think their ground-breaking mito-priming technique may be used to screen for new drugs to target BCL-2 proteins and help discover new methods to kill cancer cells.

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The researchers created mito-priming by making equivalent amounts of toxic and protective BCL-2 protein cells.

The study is reported in a paper titled “Mito-priming as a technique to engineer Bcl-2 Addiction”, published in the academic journal “Nature Communications”.

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