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New Immune System Finding May Open Door to Novel Cancer Therapies

04:43 EDT 20 Jun 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have identified a mechanism that the immune system uses to eliminate genetically imbalanced cells from the body. Almost immediately after gaining or losing chromosomes, cells send out signals that recruit natural killer cells, which destroy the abnormal cells. The findings raise the possibility of harnessing this system to kill cancer cells, which nearly always have too many or too few chromosomes, according to the investigators. "If we can re-activate this immune recognition system, that would be a really good way of getting rid of cancer cells," says Angelika Amon, Ph.D., the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor in Cancer Research in MIT's Department of Biology, a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the senior author of the study ("Chromosome Mis-segregation Generates Cell-Cycle-Arrested Cells with Complex Karyotypes that Are Eliminated by the Immune System"), which appears ...

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