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Potential means of blocking prostate cancer growth discovered

26th May 2011

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a possible new method of preventing the growth and development of prostate cancer cells.

A team from Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Research Institute have investigated cell signals from the androgen receptor (AR) protein in cancer cells to find out how the disease affects the development of genes.

It was found that AR controls the gene that codes for the enzyme CAMKK2, which controls glucose consumption in cells and helps the cancer to grow and divide.

By stopping the production and activity of CAMKK2 in mouse models, the spread of the cancer was halted and tumour size reduced.

Lead author, Dr Ian Mills, said: "More research to understand how prostate cancer cells generate energy could open up new routes to detect and treat the disease."

Earlier this week, research from the US showed that regular brisk walks can help prostate cancer patients to lower the risk of the disease developing further.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800558219-ADNFCR

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