Cell Discovered Which Could Be The Cause of Prostate Cancer
One of the biggest threats to a man’s manhood has been that of prostate cancer. This form of cancer has been known to take a number of lives every year; and unfortunately for us, it affects only us men-folk. But now, there might be some sort of hope for the men of the world.
A cell has been discovered that could be the mother of all (or wait, it should be ‘father’ of all) the prostate tumors around the world. Scientists around the world have their ears open about this latest discovery.
Samples of the ‘basal’ cells that have been derived from the healthy human prostate tissues have ended up triggering cancer in the body of mice that have been observed to have an immune system that has been suppressed.
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This finding is important, in the fact that it suggests that these may be the offender cells that have been behind the prostate cancer disease, which is one of the main culprits behind almost 10,000 deaths every year.
Previously, it had been thought that the luminal cell, which is an immature cell, was supposed to be at the root of prostate cancer. Experts have been hoping that this newfound discovery will help in developing better diagnostic tools and more effective treatments that can cure the disease.
The US team has begun extracting some basal and luminal cells from the existing non-cancerous forms of human prostate tissue.
In the beginning the cells were altered and this was done by inserting the genes that were defective into them. This was known to trigger cancer. These were then implanted into mice that were susceptible due to their defective immune systems.
The results have clearly shown evidence that it was the basal; and not the luminal cells, that have been responsible in initiating the cancer in these animals.
The main understanding after this discovery was that cancer studies that are solely based on malignant cells can be extremely misleading.
According to Andrew Goldstein, who was the co-author of this study, if healthy cells have been turned into cancer, it would be easier to study the entire development process of cancer. If researchers can understand where it is that the cancer comes from, it would help them to come up with better diagnostic and predictive tools.
If better predictive tools were developed, it would be easier for the doctors to find markers that are more accurate than the PSA tests that are currently available. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better it can be treated.