Study homes in on molecule that facilitates metastasis

07/7/2014 | Science World Report

Inhibition of lysophosphatidic acid could prevent cancer cells from spreading, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. Researchers found that LPA allows the cells to change from a solid-like state to a liquid one, facilitating movement, but they were able to turn off the action. The study "suggests a promising alternative in which cancer treatments might work in the future, if therapies can be targeted to limit the tissue fluidity of tumors," said investigator Roberto Mayor.

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