Dartmouth study identifies PBX1 as a new pioneer factor underlying progression in breast cancer:
NCI Cancer Center News
The presence of a new pioneer factor, known as PBX1, can guide the response to estrogen in breast cancer cells according to researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in results published on November 17 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. This research reveals that PBX1 alone can determine the risk of the spread of cancer in patients with estrogen receptor alpha (ERα)-positive breast cancer, which accounts for about two-thirds of all breast cancers diagnosed in North America.
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