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Cleveland Clinic: proteins that could choke off cancer's blood supply
New discovery could curtail the spread of cancer
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Paul Fox of the Cleveland Clinic
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Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have discovered a protein that blocks the formation of cancerous tumors.

The finding could lead to new anti-cancer therapies or improve existing ways of treating cancer.

Paul Fox heads the lab that isolated the anti-tumor protein.

He says it cuts off the blood supply that helps tumors grow and spread.

 

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“It’s a very powerful inhibitor of blood vessel formation -  we call that anti-angiogenesis, angiogenesis is blood vessel formation.” 

The anti-tumor protein is a variant of a well-known blood vessel growth factor, but it has the opposite function.

Fox says the breakthrough  could lead to new anti-cancer therapies in five to ten years.

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