Together with an international research team, researchers from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed an effective method for the screening and identification of genes that under normal conditions suppress cancer growth. The method enabled the discovery of a new cancer gene, which, when damaged, may promote prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in men; it is also becoming increasingly common. Thus, this finding may have great significance for the development of new forms of therapy.
The researchers developed a method for the effective screening and identification of tumor growth-suppressing genes and their mutations. With the new technique, it is possible to identify potential tumor-suppressor genes from among the approximately 25,000 human genes and accelerate research significantly. The new microarray-based method allows the efficient screening of thousands of genes in a single laboratory experiment.
The effectiveness of the method is due to the combination of two screening methods: the NMD (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay) microarray technique is used to screen for mutated genes, while the CGH (comparative genomic hybridization) microarray technique is used to screen for DNA copy number losses from the same sample. By combining these findings researchers can efficiently pinpoint those genes whose function has failed in cancer cells
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