Protein that detects light may play a role in the origin and progression of melanoma, study suggests

Protein that detects light may play a role in the origin and progression of melanoma, study suggests

Researchers at the University of São Paulo showed, through experiments on animals and genetically modified cells, that this type of cancer advances more slowly when the light-sensitive molecule known as melanopsin is deactivated. The discovery could point to novel therapeutic strategies. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Melanopsin (OPN4) is a light-sensing protein found in skin and retina