Previous research led by Ruggero and other researchers revealed that numerous types of cancers are "hooked" on proteins — they contain genetic mutations that encourage a high rate of protein synthesis. This excess, the scientist explains, could in fact set off the process of cell death.
This is part of the cellular stress response, which encompasses any changes that occur in a cell as a result of exposure to stressors in its immediate environment.
However, the same does not appear to hold true in the case resilient prostate cancer cells. These, Ruggero and team explain, often contain not one, but several genetic mutations that drive a heightened protein production.