Opposite effect: Protein widely known to fight tumors also boosts cancer growth: Researchers find evidence that genome 'guardian' can stimulate cancer

Opposite effect: Protein widely known to fight tumors also boosts cancer growth: Researchers find evidence that genome 'guardian' can stimulate cancer

Researchers studying p53, the heralded cancer-fighting 'guardian of the genome,' found that the human protein also plays a role in promoting tumors, in addition to suppressing them. They found that the PUMA protein works inside the cell's mitochondria to switch energy production processes and stimulate cancer growth.

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