Protein-Protein Interaction Activates and Fuels Leukemia Cell Growth

Findings also show how an experimental monoclonal antibody treatment inhibits growth and spread of cancer

Stained chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells.

Stained chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells.

Building upon previous research, scientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer report that a protein called Wnt5a acts on a pair of tumor-surface proteins, called ROR1 and ROR2, to accelerate the proliferation and spread of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells, the most common form of blood cancer in adults.

They note, however, that these effects of Wnt5a were blocked by a humanized monoclonal antibody specific for ROR1, called cirmtuzumab (or UC-961), which inhibited the growth and spread of CLL cells in both cell lines and mouse models of leukemia. The findings are published in the December 21, 2015 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Stopping the Spread of Cancer

Stopping cancer’s spread: New protein found to control deadly cancer metastasis

Researchers have found a critical element that may explain why some cancers spread farther and faster than others, a discovery that could lead to one of the Holy Grails of cancer treatment: containing the disease.

Scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas J. Kipps and colleagues,  have identified a protein that seems to serve as a switch, regulating the spread of cancer from the primary tumor to distant spots in the body – a process known as metastasis.  The protein is used by embryo cells during early development, but then disappears from the body after an individual comes out of the womb.

Read more- Fox News Report: Dr. Kipps

ROR1 Antibody

B-Cell Receptor Complex

Inhibitors of B-cell receptor signaling for patients with B-cell malignancies.

From the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA.

ABSTRACT: The B-cell receptor (BCR) complex and its associated protein tyrosine kinases play a critical role in the development, proliferation, and survival of normal or malignant B cells. Regulated activity of the BCR complex promotes the expansion of selected B cells and the deletion of unwanted or self-reactive ones. Compounds that inhibit various components of this pathway, including spleen tyrosine kinase, Bruton’s tyrosine kinase, and phosphoinositol-3 kinase, have been developed. We summarize the rationale for use of agents that can inhibit BCR signaling to treat patients with either indolent or aggressive B-cell lymphomas, highlight early clinical results, and speculate on the future application of such agents in the treatment of patients with various B-cell lymphomas.

BCR interactions