JUN 30, 2016 6:12 AM PDT

New Compound Kills Cancer Cells


Scientists in Korea may have found a chemical compound that could shut down cancer cell growth. The compound, called KY-1220, was discovered that could potentially eliminate cancer cell growth. A team at the College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
attacks two kinds of proteins that are known to trigger cancer growth. The discovery of this compound could mean that treatments for cancer could be significantly improved if drugs can be made using it.

The team inserted the newly made compound into a group of mice with cancer cells... and found it inhibited the cells by dismantling cancer-induced proteins including β-catenin and Ras substances, which are prevalent among colon cancer patients. When inserted into mice that had been altered to have mutated cancer growths, the compounds eliminated the proteins feeding the growth, even in more advanced stages.
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