Researchers shed new light on the development of glioblastoma

2 May 2012

New research has looked to have expanded the knowledge that medical professionals have on one of the most common and deadliest forms of brain cancer.

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, an associate professor of neurosurgery and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has led a study which involved the analysis of glioblastoma.

A type of glial tumour, the condition has been identified in the majority of primary brain tumours diagnosed in the US and was brought into the public light when Senator Ted Kennedy contracted and ultimately died from the disease.

However, Mr Quinones-Hinojosa and company believe they have discovered a protein which could hold the key to how glioblastoma moves and invades healthy brain tissue.

"If we could catch these cells before they take off into other parts of the brain, we could make malignant tumours more manageable, and improve life expectancy and quality of life," Mr Quinones-Hinojosa stated.

The study, which has been published in the journal PLoS Biology, also highlighted that a cheap FDA-approved drug, called diuretic bumetanide, is already on the market which could impact the movement of glioblastoma cells.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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