Biophysicists Consider Tumor Suppressor Protein 53 To Be A Dimmer Switch

p53 cancer

Protein p53 Acts as a Dimmer Switch

Protein p53 Can Act As A Dimmer Switch Controlling Cell Suicide


One particular tumor suppressor gene codes for a protein called “p53” that can trigger cell suicide (apoptosis). In cells that have undergone DNA damage, the p53 protein acts like a brake pedal to halt cell growth and division. If the damage cannot be repaired, the p53 protein eventually initiates cell suicide, thereby preventing the genetically damaged cell from growing out of control.

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2 Responses to p53 cancer

  1. Please I am writing a small english paper about this particular gene and the discovery of it within the elephant. I would like to use the picture for my report. Thank you 🙂

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