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Scientists discover mechanism that promotes lung cancer growth, survival

from Virginia Commonwealth University via MedicalXpress

A multi-institutional research study has uncovered a new mechanism that may lead to unique treatments for lung cancer, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The scientists discovered that the protein Bax Inhibitor-1 protects lung cancer cells and promotes tumor growth by regulating autophagy, a complex process initiated under stressful conditions that breaks down a cell's own components to provide nutrients needed for survival. more

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