Proteins are large molecules that do most of the work in cells. They are made up of chains of amino acids and are usually folded into specific shapes that are important for their function. Enzymes are proteins that speed up reactions and are involved at every stage of cell life.
Many enzymes are a good target for research into cancer but scientists in our region have had particular success studying proteases. These are enzymes that act as molecular scissors, cutting other proteins and so changing the work that they can do. Above are some of the projects Big C has funded investigating proteases and other enzymes.