Cancer markers

The discovery of Novel Structure Proteins (NSPs) by Antonio Giordano and colleagues at Temple University could allow doctors to predict whether a person will develop certain types of cancer. NSPs are expressed to high levels by a gene found in tumor cells that in healthy cells is associated with chromosome maintenance. Giardano says one particular gene, NSP5a3a, could act as a marker for potential malignancy in cells, which might allow much earlier diagnosis. Moreover, as these proteins are needed for tumor growth they could become the target of a novel cancer therapy.