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Scientists close to discovering the kidney cancer marker in urine

Posted May 05 2010 12:00am

Proteins in urine indicate kidney cancer
The presence of a pair of proteins in urine could lead to an earlier and more accurate diagnosis of kidney cancer according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis .

The duo studied urine samples from 76 individuals – 42 with kidney cancer, 15 who had no cancer but were to undergo abdominal surgery and 19 healthy patients – and found elevated levels of aquaporin-1 (AQP1) and adipophilin (ADFP) in the urine samples from kidney cancer patients. The levels were normal in the other candidates.

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