Naturally Fluorescent Molecules May Serve as Cancer Biomarker

Pedersen, Amanda
April 2009
BioWorld Today;4/20/2009, Vol. 20 Issue 74, p1
The article reveals that excess amounts of the fluorescent molecule could serve as a biomarker for cancer, according to researchers at Penn State University. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) is a key coenzyme found in the inner membrane of a cell's power plant. Associate professor Ahmed Heikal said dysfunctional enzymes in the mitochondria are known to be associated with health problems. He noted that the ability of differential cancer cells from normal ones is one of the challenges in cancer diagnosis.


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