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Common infection-fighting white blood cells can be hijacked to support cancer spread

20:00 EDT 18 Oct 2016 | AAAS

(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Study reveals how neutrophils, the most common white blood cells, can be 'hijacked' by cancer cells and used to promote metastasis. Their astonishing weapon appropriated by cancer cells is a lattice of toxin-studded DNA, ejected from an activated neutrophil when it detects a threat. CSHL scientists tested an enzyme-based therapy to degrade the nets and limit metastasis in mice.

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