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New understanding of enzyme’s role in development of certain brain and spinal cord tumors

New understanding of enzyme’s role in development of certain brain and spinal cord tumors

In a study recently published in Acta Neuropathologica, L. Eric Huang, MD, PhD, Huntsman Can-cer Institute researcher and associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Utah, and colleagues report on new findings in the function of an enzyme, IDH1, in the development of gliomas. Gliomas are life-threatening tumors of brain or spinal cord tissue, and this type of tu-mor affects approximately 25,000 people each year. As changes in IDH1 are found in the vast majority of gliomas, understanding the impact of IDH1 enzyme function is critical to advancing research in this disease.

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