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NCI Cancer Center News

SPARC reduces inflammation, bladder cancer development and metastasis

  • Posted: January 17, 2013

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that the protein SPARC (Secreted Protein Acidic and Rich in Cysteine) acts much like an anti-inflammatory drug, attempting to heal tissues inflamed by tumors. Likewise, cancers – for example, bladder cancer in this study – have developed ways to turn off the production of SPARC, thus allowing growth and metastasis, especially to the lung where bladder cancer is frequently fatal.

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