Identification of a new target for colon cancer therapy

Grant number: 508908 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011



Increased level of PAK1(a protein kinase) was associated with the progression of colorectal (large bowel) cancer (CRC). Gastrin peptides are growth factors responsible for CRC development. The objective of this project is to determine the role of PAK1 in the regulation of CRC growth and metastasis by gastrin peptides. We will use cell culture, animal models and clinical samples in the program. A successful outcome will lead to the development of new CRC therapies such as inhibitors of PAK1.

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