Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor in adults. Unfortunately, there are no effective treatments for the disease. On average, patients succumb just 16 months after diagnosis. “To develop better treatments, we need to gain a better understanding of what is really going on inside these tumors,” says lead author Arezu Jahani-Asl, Assistant Professor of Medicine at McGill and neuroscientist at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research in Montreal. A missing piece of the puzzle Researchers had known for some time that a mutant variation of another gene, known as…

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