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Researchers strive to grasp leukemia’s development

Keck School professor
Amy Lee, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, served as principal investigator of the study. (Photo/Van Urfalian)

Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists have discovered that a protein commonly over-expressed in solid cancerous cells – one previously found to enable breast, prostate and other tumors to grow and resist treatment – also is over-expressed in multiple types of leukemia and can be successfully targeted to block the disease.

Epigenetic Control of Infection-Fighting Blood Cells Discovered

Epigenetic Control of Infection-Fighting Blood Cells Discovered
Si-Yi Chen headed a team whose discovery may lead to the development of treatments for blood-borne malignancies.

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered how a particular enzyme results in modifications to DNA proteins playing an important role in the development of B cells, the white blood cells that produce antibodies to fight infectious diseases, and in the regulation of gene transcription, or copying.