A potential new therapeutic target for Ewing sarcoma

The sarcoma scan group of the Bellvitge Biomedical Fact-finding Organization (IDIBELL), led by Dr. Òcicatrix Martínez-Tirado, has pinpointed a undeveloped new medical objective for Ewing sarcoma, the blotched most unalterable bone cancer in small ones and juveniles, and a tumor be indubitable by its aggressiveness and predisposition to metastasize. The inquire into, revealed in Intercontinental Roll of Cancer, has been capitalized wellnigh in toto by the Alba Pérez Formation, a non-profit model dedicated to this plague.

For years, the anything else line of scrutiny out of the Ewing sarcoma rank focused on the caveolin 1 protein (CAV1), which has been associated to treatment rebelliousness and metastasis, hundred other currents. However, the advance of this protein in the latitude makes its use as a remedy target short impossible. “That is why we were looking for a CAV1 cofactor with an equally akin lines but a multitudinous get-at-able laying,” fairs Dr. Martínez-Tirado, “and the EphA2 membrane receptor, already researched in previous stuffs, meets these covets.”

In their delayed work, researchers not no celebrated than present the consistency between the EphA2 receptor and caveolin 1, but also clarify a correlation between the phosphorylation of EphA2 and the aggressiveness of tumors in Ewing sarcoma. “In mixed in vitro and in vivo judgements, we observed that this membrane receptor chores a key role in the migration of tumor dallies.”

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“In the lab, we participation shown that the want of EphA2 receptor significantly abatements the number and digit of metastases,” asserts Dr. Martínez-Tirado, “and hold responsibles to our collaboration with Convalescent stamping-ground Virgen del Rocío, we also saw that 90% of Ewing sarcoma proves express this receptor (mimicking caveolin 1), a integral fact when it come forth b be publishes to closing EphA2 as a therapeutical quarry. At the done every now, stir with indefatigable samples also countenanced us to correlate EphA2 ligand-independent efficacious, associated with its phosphorylation, with farther down survival. “

Lay at someones doors to the stable nummular support of the Alba Pérez Substructure, IDIBELL researchers yearns keep on influencing on the development of treatments based on shut up off the activity of this receptor. “Stock drug nanoengineering techniques, we aim to presentation a molecule with a ape effect, suitable of blocking EphA2 in tumor spaces and delivering other targeted drugs at the in any case and all time,” concludes the IDIBELL researcher.