Researchers discover mechanism in brain cancer responsible for neuron death Nov 1 2011 1:38 PM

November 2011
Biomedical Market Newsletter;11/9/2011, Vol. 21, p502
The article reports that the researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine have identified a mechanism wherein glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a form of brain cancer, promotes the loss of function or death neurons. The research discovered that the oncogene astrocyte elevated gene promotes neurodegeneration by increasing glutamate toxicity to neurons. The study offers a direct link between GBM and glutamate transport.


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