Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 24 May 2006
Shortcut to Death
Stubby protein spurs cancer cells to eat themselves
Abstract: Like shipwrecked sailors, famished cells sometimes turn to cannibalism. Rather than eating their mateys, though, they devour their own contents. A previously overlooked protein boosts cancer cells' appetite, triggering them to commit suicide, according to a new study. The research solidifies the controversial connection between self-consumption and cancer.
Citation: M. Leslie, Shortcut to Death. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2006 (9), nf15 (2006).
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