Aug 10, 2023

Tiny antibodies hold big promise for cancer treatment

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Using antibodies derived from alpacas, a University of Kentucky research team has developed a tool that could lead to new therapies to stop the growth of several types of cancer.

While researchers have known that a protein called PRL-3 is linked to the growth of colon, breast, lung, skin and , there is little understanding about how it works due to a lack of tools to study it effectively.

With unique alpaca antibodies known as , the team led by UK Markey Cancer Center researcher Jessica Blackburn, Ph.D., developed the first effective tool to specifically target PRL-3.

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