Fruit Flies Can Potentially Stop Brain Tumour Growth: Scientists

Wed Mar 13 2024
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LONDON: Researchers at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Plymouth have harnessed the power of fruit flies to uncover potential strategies for stopping the growth of brain tumours.

Employing the tiny Drosophila fruit fly model, researchers have made significant strides in understanding and scrutinizing the earliest stages of brain tumor development, particularly focusing on aggressive forms like glioblastoma.

Glioblastomas, characterized by their rapid growth and invasion of healthy brain tissue, pose significant challenges in treatment, often resulting in poor survival rates. Symptoms such as severe headaches, nausea, vision problems, and seizures are common indicators of brain tumors, making effective treatment strategies imperative.

Research Aims to Strop Brain Tumor Growth

The research conducted by the team highlighted the preparatory mechanisms crucial for tumor formation, revealing notable differences in metabolic and protein balance between tumor cells and healthy cells. Dr. Claudia Barros, leading the study, emphasized the importance of dissecting these early processes to identify potential targets for therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Karen Noble, representing the Brain Tumour Research charity, highlighted the potential implications of these findings in guiding the development of more effective treatments tailored to target tumor cells specifically. By leveraging insights gained from fruit fly models, researchers aim to improve patient outcomes and advance the fight against devastating brain tumors like glioblastoma.

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