'Rewired' cells show promise for targeted cancer therapy

(Northwestern University) A major challenge in truly targeted cancer therapy is cancer's suppression of the immune system. Northwestern University synthetic biologists now have developed a general method for 'rewiring' immune cells to flip this action around. When cancer is present, molecules secreted at tumor sites render many immune cells inactive. The Northwestern researchers genetically engineered human immune cells to sense the tumor-derived molecules in the immediate environment and to respond by becoming more active, not less.
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Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
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Source: Investigational New Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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