Block Egg Suicide to Guard Fertility After Cancer Therapy, Monash University, Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Study
9/24/2012 7:25:22 AM
New research offers hope to women whose fertility has been compromised by the side-effects of cancer therapy or by premature menopause. In a study published today in Molecular Cell, researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), Monash University and Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research found that two proteins, PUMA and NOXA, cause the death of egg cells in the ovaries. Blocking the activity of the proteins may lead to new strategies to protect women's fertility.