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'Primitive' cancer gene discovered in ancestral metazoan

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February 15, 2010
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University of Innsbruck
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To find the causes for cancer, biochemists and developmental biologists retraced the function of an important human cancer gene 600 million years back in time. For the first time, they have identified the oncogene myc in a fresh water polyp and they have shown that this oncogene has similar biochemical functions in ancestral metazoan and in humans.

Structure of a stem cell of an ancestral metazoan. The insert shows the activity of the cancer gene myc in these cells.
Credit: University of Innsbruck

To find the causes for cancer, biochemists and developmental biologists at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, retraced the function of an important human cancer gene 600 million years back in time. For the first time, they have identified the oncogene myc in a fresh water polyp and they have shown that this oncogene has similar biochemical functions in ancestral metazoan and in humans. The scientists published their findings in PNAS.


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  1. Hartl et al. Stem cell-specific activation of an ancestral myc protooncogene with conserved basic functions in the early metazoan Hydra. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2010; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0911060107

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