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Unsuccessful drug against anxiety opens a novel gateway for the treatment of cancer
By Dross at 2008-09-04 22:32
 

 

Unsatisfying drug for anxiety reveals scientists a promising novel anti-cancer drug target.

Cancer cells have multiple ways to avoid apoptosis, programmed cell death the means by which organisms deal with defective cells. One defense is to produce quantities of phosphatic acid, a phospholipid constituent of cellular membranes.

Unlike other phospholipids, phosphatidic acid also acts as a signaling molecule for cells promoting cellular growth and preventing apoptosis. Finnish and Danish researchers have now shown that phosphatidic acid may well be a target molecule for novel anti-cancer drugs.

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