Breast Cancer's Spread May Be Influenced By Circadian Gene
A new study identifies a gene that may influence the spread of Breast Cancer to other internal organs, as reported in an article with Fox News Health.
"Variations in a gene involved in so-called circadian rhythms that control everything from cell division to sleep may also promote the spread of breast cancer to other organs, a new study suggests.
In mouse studies, researchers showed how having slightly different versions of gene called Arntl2 can aid the spread of cancer cells. When they analyzed the genes of breast cancer patients, they also found that at least one version of Arntl2 was indeed linked to how long the women survived disease-free.
“Our results suggest that there is a link between inherited factors that may influence how well circadian rhythms may be regulated and the probability that breast cancer will spread,” said senior study author Kent Hunter, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland."
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