Trigger for tumour protein found

Australian scientists have discovered a protein that could play a critical role in the future treatment of cancers and autoimmune diseases. Researchers have characterised the role of “sharpin”, a protein that controls inflammation induced by ‘Tumour Necrosis Factor’ (TNF) – an important part of the body’s defences against cancer. TNF plays a pivotal role in protecting the body against infection by bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. It does this by directing the immune system to spot rogue pathogens and then destroy them.

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