The Jumonjd3 protein is a sort of nervous system regulator, allowing stem cells to become neural cells. Researchers from the IFOM-IEO Campus of the European Institute of Oncology (EIO) in Milan, whose studies were published in Plos One magazine discovered the regulator protein. The researchers explained that the protein is an enzyme capable of activating the stem cell genes necessary to differentiate a cell into a nervous system cell.
The result, underlined the scientists led by Giusepe Testa, “adds an important perspective to understanding the intricate mechanisms of stem cell function.” This protein could soon become “a target to improve on reprogramming already differentiated cells and developing new anti-tumor therapies.” The study was supported by the Italian Association for Cancer Research and the , among others. Foundation