Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 01 August 2014 14:15
A recent discovery could pave the way for better treatment of oral cancer.
The Scripps Research Institute found links involving a set of genes that promotes tumor growth and mucoepidermoid carcinoma, which is an oral cancer that impacts the salivary glands. This finding may lead to new treatment that could pinpoint the genetic causes of this type of cancer.
The information appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers determined that a pair of proteins—known as CRTC1/MAML2—that are joined together by genetic mutation result in the growth and spread of oral cancer.