Promising Cancer Research From Our Very Own A*Star

When you get cancer, suddenly it seems everywhere, cancer is going on.

Apart from everybody and her aunty telling me what I shouldn’t eat — after removing all those “taboo” items from my food list, it looks like I can safely eat my tablecloth and plastic bags — I’ve also been researching cancer breakthroughs in medical science.

Today’s Straits Times featured Dr Zeng Qi, a Singapore PR, who’s made headway with a protein PRL-3, which she’s found to be tied closely with cancer.


SCIENTISTS from A*Star have made three successive breakthroughs in key areas of cancer research.

Their work, published in top scientific journals Cancer Cell, Nature Cell Biology, and Cancer Research, sheds light on the mechanism behind cancer metastasis, suggest why breast cancer cells live as long as they do, and show a better way to detect and fight cervical cancer.

A team of scientists led by Dr Zeng Qi , from Agency of Science, Technology and Research’s (A*Star) Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) made a discovery about how PRL-3, a key protein, is regulated in the body.

Together with her collaborator Dr Leah Vardy from A*Star’s Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), the discovery sheds light on the role of PRL-3 in cancer and suggests possible ways to prevent metastasis, arguably the most harmful aspect of the disease.

Said Dr Zeng: ‘The finding of PCBP1 as a potential tumour suppressor is highly significant as a similar mechanism may be regulating other cancer genes.

‘Since PRL-3 plays multiple tasks in contributing to cancer metastasis, we are extremely excited to discover the mechanism underlying PRL-3’s expression control as it uncovers another piece of the puzzle surrounding one of the most important proteins involved in cancer.’

(Read the complete article here: {{desc}}

via A*Star scores ‘hat-trick’.)

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anitajo
    Aug 08, 2010 @ 16:45:51

    Hi threez,
    you still can pen stuff le! so brains still functioning good la. no worries. 🙂
    Jus to share what i felt needed to tell you aft praying abt you,women, breast and me :0.
    Heb 10:10
    And by that will, we have been made holy, through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
    Heb 10:14
    because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

    you & I , dear, are holy daughters of the Most High GOD, who loved us so much to send His Only Son to die for us. Always remind yourself – it is completed job On the Cross.
    so when there is backache, poor appetite , muscle ache etc – remember GOD made you Holy already and perfect – the muscles and stomach are just stretching itself 🙂 to perfection !
    love ya jo


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