A new research paper out of Fudan China studied the link between the tumor suppressor gene BAP1 and cancer, including malignant mesothelioma. The article, published in Tumor Biology, analyzed over 21 studies which included 2,457 patients with various types of cancer.
BAP1 is a protein which helps to suppress tumors. Researchers believe that mutative iterations of the protein may help to explain why certain people exposed to asbestos manifest malignant mesothelioma while others who were exposed do not.
The study finds however that the BAP1 mutation has little correlation with actual survival rates. Surgeon and one of the study’s authors, Dr. Wang states that “Although the pooled results demonstrated that BAP1 mutation was a negative indicator of overall survival and disease-free survival, this prognostic value was only applicable to uveal melanoma and clear cell renal cell carcinoma, but not to malignant pleural mesothelioma or cholangiocarcinoma.” In fact, for mesothelioma it is possible that the mutation actually has a minimal positive impact on mesothelioma survival rates.
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