Source: Purdue University
New research has shown that there is an evolutionary link between plants and humans, which will have implications for future cancer research, according to a Purdue University study.
Researchers inserted a human protein important in cancer development into a dying plant, which revived it. The aminopeptidase M1 protein, or APM1, is critical for root development in plants. Arabidopsis plants lacking the protein will die, but can be rescued if the protein is restored.
During experiments, Wendy Peer, a research assistant professor of horticulture, found that inserting a similar protein found in humans, called insulin responsive aminopeptidase, or IRAP, also rescued the plants.