New insight into how cancer spreads

Engineers have offered new insight into how cancer cells move based on their ability to sense their environment. The discovery could have a major impact on therapies to prevent the spread of cancer. | Via ScienceDaily

Researchers have found that cells have the ability to sense the stiffness of their environment and their ability to move is dependent upon that environment. These environments range from stiff (bone tissue) to soft (fatty tissue) with a medium stiffness (muscle tissue).

David Odde, a University of Minnesota biomedical engineering professor and Masonic Cancer Center researcher who led the study said “If we can trick cancer cells into believing it is not a good environment for migration, we can prevent the cancer cells from spreading.” The findings have been published in the Journal, Nature Communications

Full story at ScienceDaily

Journal reference: Benjamin L. Bangasser et al.  Shifting the optimal stiffness for cell migration. Nature Communications, 2017; 8

 

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