Unmasking previously misunderstood gene, scientists discover
In a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, it seems scientists have caught up with Gpr182 at last. Although the key that unlocks the Gpr182 receptor remains unknown, the study reveals a great deal about what's behind the door.
The findings suggest that if we can find a way to jimmy the lock, Gpr182 could prove a promising avenue for fighting cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
"What makes this so exciting is that it's completely new," said Kathleen Caron, PhD, professor and chair of the department of cell biology and physiology in the UNC School of Medicine, who oversaw the research. "There was absolutely nothing known about this protein. I think these findings will be picked up on quickly, and I imagine it's going to fuel a lot of research on this receptor now.".....