07 Sep '11, 3am

New ways to treat aggressive breast cancer found by Singapore scientists

New ways to treat aggressive breast cancer found by Singapore scientists

Singapore: New insights to treat a type of breast cancer that is aggressive and unresponsive to current forms of treatment have been found by scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and National University of Singapore (NUS). The insights into the behaviour of the enzyme EZH2, paves the way to developing more effective treatment for fast sreading breast cancers, especially estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer, a common cancer in women all over the world. The discovery which was published in the journal Molecular Cell, also opens the way to treating many other types of cancer involving the enzyme EZH2. The team led by GIS Senior Group Leader Dr Qiang Yu found that the enzyme EZH2 acts by inhibiting genes that stop the growth of tumors in the body. It was also found that through EZH2, cancer is promoted in the body by activating specific genes that impact b...

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