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SA doctors researching if jellyfish can help screen for cancer

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Author: GSBS | Category: In The News | Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry(MBB) | Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry | January 05, 2018

Using phosphorescent light from a jellyfish helps researchers better see and predict cancer recurrence, and to test out new drugs.

“Well, we can use it to screen for new cancer drugs that operate through this mechanism,” Rui Sousa, PhD, Biochemistry, UT Health San Antonio told Ivanhoe.

Rui Sousa is referring to GTP, which regulates cell movement in our bodies, including growth of cancer cells. Researchers are searching for compounds that reduce GTP levels in target cells. It could be a new way to treat disease.

“GTP is a very, very important molecule for a cell to grow in a cancerous manner,” Matthew Hart, PhD, Biochemistry, UT Health San Antonio said.



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