American scientists from the Sanford Bernham Prebis Research Institute have revealed a new way to fight cancer cells, reports MedicalXpress.
The specialists found that blocking the mechanism of building nuclear pores complexes, which is responsible for the transit of materials to and from the nucleus, slows down tumor growth, leaving healthy cells intact.
The researchers tested this hypothesis on mice by transplanting human tumor cells that cannot form nuclear pores. As a result, all rodents have significantly slowed the growth of tumors.
“We have shown that the inability to build nuclear pores channels is destructive to fast-growing cancer cells, but does not seem to affect healthy cells that simply stop the growth and then regenerate,” Stephen Sakuma, one of the authors of the study, said.
Scientists point out that discovery can form a new approach to treating aggressive or metastatic forms of cancer.