Protein’s Activity Tied to Emphysema, May Link COPD to Lung Cancer

Protein’s Activity Tied to Emphysema, May Link COPD to Lung Cancer

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Protein’s Activity Tied to Emphysema, May Link COPD to Lung Cancer

The protein ADAM17 appears to serve as a switch for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study in a mouse model of emphysema reports, promoting COPD’s development when activated and alleviating disease features when deficient. An increase in active ADAM17 is also associated with lung cancer, and may underlie the development of this cancer in COPD patients.  A team led by investigators at Hudson Institute, in Australia, suggest these findings highlight ADAM17 as a potential way…

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