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Protein that detects light may play a role in the origin and progression of melanoma, study suggests

Publicado em 09 agosto 2022
Melanopsin (OPN4) is a light-emitting protein found in skin and retinal cells. A new study conducted at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil shows that OPN4 can also be involved in the development of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. In experiments with animals and genetically modified cells in the Comparative Physiology of the Pigmentation Laboratory of the Institute of Biosciences (IB-USP), the researchers showed that the disease progresses slowly when this [...]