The circadian gene is related to our body clock
(Mirror Daily, United States) A new study led by scientists found that there is a connection between a circadian gene and the way that breast cancer spreads and develops. It seems like there is a variation of these genes which allows cancer cells to spread in the organism, leading to the development of the disease and increasing the risk of mortality for patients.
Specialists conducted a new study on mice and discovered the link between a circadian gene and the spreading of cancer. The circadian gene is called Arntl2, and it is related to circadian cycles. Every living organism displays a body clock rhythm, related to the twenty-four hours of the day.
Based on the recent discovery, researchers can state that women who don’t have a fixed program which they can follow every day, and a healthy lifestyle, they are prone to the disease. One of the most important elements when it comes to one’s health is sleep and sleeping hours. This is why women who work in shifts or those who have a bad night sleep are also prone to develop breast cancer.
Scientist Kent Hunter was the leader of the research team. He declared the following on their most recent study:
“Our results suggest that there is a link between inherited factors that may influence how well circadian rhythms may be regulated and the probability that breast cancer will spread.”
The new study from specialists points out that circadian gene called Arntl2 is an active factor when it comes to the spreading of breast cancer. In order to reach this result, scientists interbred mice which could develop the disease. The genetic study when on when they observed the activity of Arntl2. The next step was to inject this gene to healthy mice, and then the scientists observed that they got ill too.
According to statistics, breast cancer is the most frequent type of this disease which affects women. The best possible scenario is that it should be diagnosed in its early stages and treated. There are cases when the cancer cells don’t spread further in the organism, which gains patients five years more to live. However, the chances for the patient to live for years diminish if the disease spreads.
Specialists accounted for cases when patients survived surgery and the first tumors. It was the later spreading of the disease which led to unfortunate outcomes.
Discovering the cause of diseases brings scientists one step closer to the developing of proper cures.
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