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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 06/02/2006
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Virus Disables Suppressors

Viral proteins E6 and E7 then disable the normal activities of the woman's own suppressor genes, which make suppressor proteins that do "damage surveillance" in normal cells. These proteins usually stop cell growth when a serious level of unrepaired genetic damage exists. Even after suppressors are disabled in a woman's cervical cells, it usually takes more than 10 years before the affected tissue becomes cancerous.

Virus Disables Suppressors