Olfactory receptors: New molecular targets detected in colorectal cancer cells

Growth of colorectal cancer cells can be inhibited with the odorant troenan, report scientists. The researchers detected the olfactory receptor OR51B4 in tumor cells taken from the rectum and colon cancer cell lines. They analyzed which odorant activates the receptor and in what way the activation affects the cells.

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Cause of thrombosis in patients with malignant brain tumors discovered

Patients with malignant brain tumors have an increased risk of thrombosis. Up until now, researchers have not understood the mechanisms behind this. Now an interdisciplinary study has now shown for the first time that a special protein called podoplanin is involved in the development of thromboses that form on the surface of tumor cells. 

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Genetic association with aggressive prostate cancer discovered

A genetic connection to the aggressive form of prostate cancer has been discovered by researchers. The study showed a threefold increase in the risk of aggressive prostate cancer for men with the genetic mutation. The frequency of the gene variants varied from 6 to 14 percent of the population of men with prostate cancer.

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