Multifunctional Protein May Slow Progress of Head and Neck Cancer

We have just heard that researchers from the Masonic Cancer Centre, University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the United States have discovered that the multifunctional protein complex calprotectin that is found inside cells may be used to slow the growth of head and neck cancer.

Their study, which is published in the recent issue of the PLoS ONE journal, shows that calprotectin works as a brake to regulate the cell cycle and growth. As cancerous cells make less calprotectin, reintroducing it back to the cancer cells or reactivating molecular pathways controlled by calprotectin may help reduce tumour formation and progression.

This is good news for head and neck cancer patients as the findings could lead to developing new treatment strategies for this debilitating disease.