08 Sep '11, 4am

Landmark discovery paves way for more targeted cancer treatment

Landmark discovery paves way for more targeted cancer treatment

A*Star researcher Dr Zeng Qi, Principal Investigator of the PRL3 Phosphatase and Cancer Research Lab at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, whose findings could lead to new therapeutic targets for cancer. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN Scientists at A*Star's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have made a landmark discovery in the battle against the rapid spread of aggressive cancers associated with PRL-3 oncoprotein. Contrary to the current accepted theory that antibodies can only bind to cancer proteins found on the cancer cell surface, the IMCB team led by Dr Zeng Qi is the first to discover that antibodies can in fact directly target intracellular oncoproteins like PRL-3 that reside within the cancer cells to suppress cancer growth successfully. This breakthrough finding will pave the way for more targeted solutions for cancer treatment and also offer...

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