he molecule is called NLRC3 and is a member of the large NOD-like receptor (NLR) family of “sensor proteins” that are found inside cells, where they help to control immune and other functions. However, until now, scientists did not realize that NLRC3 might also protect cells from cancer.
The new research – led by Dr. Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, of the immunology department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN – is published in the journal Nature.
Cancer arises when cells in the body start to grow out of control. This can begin in almost any part of the body and may spread to other areas. Colorectal cancer starts in the epithelial cells that line the colon and rectum.