VCU/Old Dominion University study finds CD97 gene expression and function correlate with WT1 protein expression
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s VCU Massey Cancer Center and Harold F. Young Neurosurgical Center (Richmond, VA) and Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) have discovered that suppression of Wilms tumor 1 protein (WT1) results in downregulation of CD97 gene expression in three glioblastoma cell lines and reduces the characteristic invasiveness exhibited by glial tumor cells. Although further studies must be performed, the authors propose that CD97 may prove to be a new target for anti-glioma therapies.
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