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New study lays groundwork for potential new anti-cancer therapy

Identifying the cell of origin is crucial to understanding how a tumor develops and metastasizes and for developing targeted therapies. Researchers have found evidence supporting a lymphatic endothelium origin for angiomyolipoma (AML) and lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), two related tumors with previously unknown cellular origins. Furthermore, the newly identified lymphatic endothelial lineage shows translational potential for pharmaceutical treatment.

Lead investigator Lucia Nieto Schuger, MD, of the Department of Pathology at The University of Chicago explained: "As both AML and LAM are tightly linked processes, they are thought to be different manifestations of a common process."

Read more on what researchers have found: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-06-grou...