11:07am Monday 18 December 2017

Finnish researchers discover regulator of human cell activity

Published in a leading journal, the study concludes that SHARPIN regulates the movement and activity of inflammatory cells and of lung and prostate cancer cells. It is likely that the discovery will also have significant implications for other conditions such as Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, rheumatism and even MS.

The hypothesis that there must be a protein that inhibits cell activity was posited as far back as in the early 1990s. Researchers have now shown that SHARPIN is the hypothesised protein.

Juha Rantala and Jeroen Pouwels, members of Prof. Ivaska’s research team, discovered the role of SHARPIN using a cell chip screening method developed at VTT. Using this method, the impacts of all genes in an entire genome can be examined in a single test.

The study was the cover feature in the November issue of Nature Cell Biology, the most distinguished journal in the field of cell biology.

Article: Nature Cell Biology

Additional information  Johanna Ivaska Professor +358 40 720 3971

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