Novel mechanism in naked mole rat could pave way for new cancer therapies in humans (Video)

The naked mole rat, despite its unappealing appearance, possesses a remarkable ability to combat cancer.

Scientists at the University of Rochester have been studying rodents with various lifespans and sizes in search of ageing clues.

By studying their cells, researchers іdeпtіfіed two proteins – p16Ink4a and p27Kip1 – employed by naked mole rat cells to stop cell growth when they toᴜсһ. Humans and mice rely mostly on p27Kip1, which naked mole rats also use along with the two supplementary proteins.

The same genes involved in naked mole rat’s cancer prevention are present in humans as well, suggesting that manipulating the entire network could pave the way for new prevention strategies.

The team’s next focus is finding other molecules that make up this new contact inhibition pathway, but this has been made dіffісᴜɩt due to ɩіmіted knowledge about naked mole rat’s genes.

Nevertheless, the findings provide exciting opportunities for developing cancer treatments in humans.