Proteins: The building blocks of life
Proteins are essential for life and play a variety of roles throughout our bodies, from digesting food, to building and repairing tissue, to carrying oxygen in the blood.
MCL-1 is a protein which plays a key role in stopping cell death. However, high levels of MCL-1 can result in cells growing uncontrollably, leading to cancer.
High levels of MCL-1 are found in men with advanced prostate cancer and high levels of MCL-1 are also thought to be linked to hormone therapy resistance. This protein has already been shown to be important for the development of other cancers, including breast cancer. However, we currently understand very little about MCL-1’s role in prostate cancer.