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University of Chicago study reveals a major mechanism driving kidney cancer progression

  • Posted: March 24, 2014

The shortage of oxygen, or hypoxia, created when rapidly multiplying kidney cancer cells outgrow their local blood supply can accelerate tumor growth by causing a nuclear protein called SPOP -- which normally suppresses tumor growth -- to move out of the nucleus to the cytoplasm, where it has the opposite effect, promoting rapid proliferation.

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