A potential new drug target for a deadly form of leukaemia
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a relatively rare form of leukaemia with around 350,000 people worldwide diagnosed each year. Although rare, survival rates are low, with only around 15% of people surviving the disease for more than 5 years after diagnosis.
Professor Suzanne Cory based at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia, is studying the role of MNT, an antagonist of the protein MYC, to explore its role in enabling AML cells to stay alive in the body. By unravelling the molecular connections that link MNT to cancer, they hope to discover a new target for drug development for AML.