Study sheds light on how cancer cells evade therapy

06/26/2014 | Conversation (Australia), The

According to a study in the journal Cancer Cell, some cancer cells are able to avoid chemotherapy by latching onto the patients' own stem cells to activate their defense system. Researchers studied acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells in mice and found that the cancer cells attach to mesenchymal stem cells to harvest a protein called furin, which they need to activate the protein GDF15 to make them resistant to therapy.

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