Gastrin, Iron and Colorectal Cancer
Grant number: 566555 | Funding period: 2009 - 2011
Our objective is to understand the biological significance of the interaction between iron and the hormone gastrin. The project's significance to human health lies in the fact that gastrins stimulate growth of the lining of the stomach and colon, accelerate the development of gastrointestinal cancers, and may be involved in iron homeostasis. Recognition that iron is essential for the biological activity of gastrins may allow the development of novel therapies for colon cancer and iron overload.