Unknotting mRNA to Promote Cancer (image) University of California - Davis Caption Protein elF4E binds to the cap region of messenger RNA. A new study from UC Davis shows that in cancer cells, it can also cause another protein, 4A to untangle mRNA allowing rapid translation into protein and promoting tumor cell growth. Credit Kateryna Feoktistova, UC Davis Usage Restrictions May be used with acknowledgement of the source. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.