New breast cancer treatment discovery by LSUHSC

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New Orleans, La.- Researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center discover a new combination to target metastatic breast cancer tumors.

LSUHSC claims the research, led by Dr. Suresh Alahari is the first to report that two specific genes can work together to inhibit the growth and spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs.

The work is published in the online Journal of Biological Chemistry.

The research team studied an enzyme that works as a tumor suppressor in the small intestine and Nischarin, a protein that regulates breast cancer cell migration and movement. The researchers say the finding moves us closer to a treatment advance or cure.

According to a news release from LSUHSC, metastasis, or the spreading of breast cancer tumors to others parts of the body, is the leading cause of cancer related deaths.

Grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Susan Komen Foundation and the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium helped pay for the research.