Key to bladder cancer spread

A key protein controlling the spread of bladder cancer has been discovered by US researchers.

They found that the growth factor proepithelin plays a crucial role in metastasis, promoting migration and invasion of bladder cancer cells. They hope the discovery could be used to predict which bladder cancers are likely to spread (Cancer Research. 2006; 66 (14)). Pictured is a coloured scanning electron micrograph of a bladder cancer cell.

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