That cancer cell behavior caught the attention of Sommarribas who received funding from the University of Costa Rica and the Ministry
of Science, to study in Germany.  
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Published Thursday, September 10, 2020


Costa Rican scientist recognized
for discovering cancer protein


  
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican scientist Luis Felipe Somarribas-Patterson was recognized by the journal Cell, for having his investigation in which he discovered a protein that promotes malignancy of tumors and suppresses "anti-tumor" immunity.

The journal Cell is characterized by disclosing high rigor of scientific discoveries. According to the article, the protein behavior discovered could encourage improvements to current therapies used to fight cancer and make it more effective for the benefit of patients.

Somarribas and his team identified an enzyme that was already recorded but was not known the link to increasing the cancer cells and their mobility (which is associated with metastasis). In addition, the protein "weakens the effort made by the immune system itself to eliminate cancer cells," the researcher said.

The discovery was made by Somarribas with a team of scientists from Egypt, Turkey, India and Germany. His investigation was part of his graduation project to achieve his doctorate degree. The research was carried out at the German Cancer Research Center.

"My main motivation for leading the study came from having read an investigation that showed how tumor cells had an altered metabolism, which gave them advantages to proliferate, generate metastasis and evade the antitumor response of the immune system," Somarribas said.

That cancer cell behavior caught the attention of Sommarribas who received funding from the University of Costa Rica and the Ministry of Science, to study in Germany. "The finding achieved is very promising, as it could benefit patients with this disease," he said.

Somarribas has a Ph.D. in Science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany and currently works as a professor and researcher in the Department of Biochemistry at the School of Medicine of the University of Costa Rica.





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Could this discovery develop a scientific method to eliminate the protein that makes cancer more lethal?  
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