University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

New Protein Observed To Be Cause For Leukemia

Cancer is a very crucial and critical disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Different types and forms of cancer exist that affects different tissues in the body which makes it hard to fight. Most cancer that affects humans do not have a medicine or treatment yet; while currently existing treatments are all destructive to the human body. One form of cancer that is very dangerous is Leukemia which is the cancer that exists in the blood.

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center were able to find proteins in the body that causes Leukemia to occur. This study was led by an associate professor in the UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering called Amina Qutub and a professor and practicing clinician in the Department of Leukemia at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center called Steven M. Kornblau.

The findings of the study was published in the journal of Nature Biomedical Engineering. The protein observed can help many different hospitals worldwide to treat this form of cancer or other forms of acute cancer and might find better treatments for more aggressive types of cancer.

Both doctors were able to create a process called MetaGalaxy which helps classifies proteins in the body. This study was induced through the use of 205 patients who went through biopsies to provide biological data to the tests.