Monday, April 17, 2006

Scientists have identified how breast cancer cells might evade detection

Advertiser Adelaide, April 17, 2006
Queensland scientists have identified how breast cancer cells might evade being detected by the immune system in a breakthrough that could help develop treatments to fight a range of cancers.Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research have discovered dendritic cells might hold the clue to detection of breast cancers and could help fight them. Dendritic cells were the immune system's means of seeking out cells infected with viruses and bacteria and cells that were not functioning properly or had gone astray and could evolve into cancer. When dendritic cells noticed a change, they notified the body's defences that those cells should be eliminated. QIMR's Associate Professor Alejandro Lopez, however, said research showed breast cancers could produce factors which caused dendritic cells to die and to lose their surveillance capabilities. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--


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