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Axolotl eggs could help fight cancer by reactivating cancer suppressor genes in human body


A common cause of cancer is when cells are altered or mutated and your body’s cancer suppressor genes are turned off. And now scientists from University of Nottingham have a way on how to reactivate the cancer suppressor genes in human body by the use of proteins extracted from the eggs of axolotl salamander.

If you do not know what axolotl salamander is about, it’s the kind of animal shown in the picture, which is well known for its ability to regenerate most of its body parts. By extracting the proteins from the animal, and use on human body, it’ll help to reactivate the cancer suppressor genes, thus help fight cancer. The discovery could form a powerful new technology platform for the treatment of a variety of cancers.

In an effort to reverse this process the researchers looked to the axolotl salamander – an animal well known for its ability to regenerate most of its body parts. The scientists found that humans evolved from animals that closely resemble axolotls and therefore, proteins in axolotls are very similar to those in humans. Axolotl oocytes – eggs prior to ovulation – are also packed with molecules that have very powerful epigenetic modifying activity and a powerful capacity to change epigenetic marks on the DNA of human cells.

via gizmag


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