The role of the eIF6 molecule in cancer
- Researcher: Professor Stefano Biffo
- Institution: Fondazione Centro San Raffaele
- Award Amount: £144,138 for 3 years from January 2013
- Cancer Type: Hodgkins Disease
Professor Biffo's lab has been studying a protein called eIF6, which is involved in controlling translation. In cancer cells, more eIF6 is found than in normal cells, and the protein plays a central role in tumour development and growth. They believe that increasing or decreasing the activity of eIF6 will allow them to control tumour development and growth. Using their new grant, they aim to find changes that affect other molecules through eIF6's role in translation and to see whether these molecules could be used to develop new drug treatments.
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