Researchers find oncogene is important in pancreatic cancer growth and spread

February 23, 2010

By hammersmith

[ScienceDaily] – Researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida have found that PKC-iota (PKCi), an oncogene important in colon and lung cancers, is over-produced in pancreatic cancer and is linked to poor patient survival. They also found that genetically inhibiting PKCi in laboratory animals led to a significant decrease in pancreatic tumor growth and spread.

The discovery, reported in the March 1 issue of Cancer Research, is especially encouraging, they say, because an experimental agent that targets PKCi is already being tested in patients at Mayo Clinic.

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