Marking Proteins Could Mean Early Detection and Treatment for Cancer, Heart Disease, and Alzheimer’s

When conquering such diseases, early detection of specific treatments are the most important things to focus on. Detection of molecular biomakers offers non-invasive ways to highlight the best ways to help. Thanks to various imaging procedures, such as PET Scans, MRI Scans, and Ultrasounds, scientists have started to pinpoint specific proteins that signal development of certain cancers, heart diseases, and Alzheimer’s: a little red flag to begin treatment.

PET and MRI scans can detect β-amyloid in the brain which signals the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Fluorescent “Dmt-Tic” probes can focus on the δ-Opioid Receptor which is linked to lung cancer. Using these probes can help guide surgeries to increase effectiveness.

Ultrasounds are effective imaging procedures for breast tumors. Now, they can focus on looking for DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ or intraductal carcinoma).

“Proteins are the machines that perform almost all functions within the body, including tumors,” the article reads. Targeting these “cogs within the machine” give the patients the tools they need to overcome these illnesses.

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