Leicester researchers help discover new anti-cancer drug breakthrough

Posted by uatemp13 at Aug 16, 2013 02:54 PM |
University of Leicester cancer experts have helped to map the interactions in a team of proteins which play a key role in cell division

University of Leicester researchers have helped to show how a group of proteins cooperate within cells, which could be used to develop new anti-cancer drugs.

A team led by Dr Richard Bayliss (pictured), of the University’s Department of Biochemistry, and Dr Stephen Royle at the University of Warwick worked in examining the role played by a group of proteins in cell division.

The findings, published in The Journal of Cell Biology, show how a group of proteins help to form support structures for chromosomes as they divide into two new cells.

This could be extremely useful for preventing the uncontrolled reproduction of cells which occurs in cancer. Dr Bayliss has highlighted that this research could mean a potential for drugs with fewer side effects than the current treatments.

The research was funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the Royal Society.