Gene discovery seen as critical in combating melanoma

09/29/2008 | Yahoo!

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the mda-9/syntenin gene helps melanoma cells spread by boosting the expression of c-Src, a signaling protein that plays a role in tumor development and metastasis. The finding could lead to "therapeutic reagents" for melanoma and other cancers that begin in the stomach and breast, a university official said.

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