HSP. Definition

Medical Definition: HSP

It belongs to a group of proteins that help protect cells from stresses occurring elements such as heat, cold and low amounts of oxygen or glucose (sugar). HSPs help them work to other proteins in normal cells and may be present in high concentrations in cancer cells. Is being studied in blocking the activity of a HSP is called HSP90 for the treatment of cancer. Other HSPs, including HSP70 and gp96 are studied in vaccines to treat cancer. Also called heat shock protein and stress protein.

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