Researchers figure out how the body’s own immune system will kill cancer
A researcher from the University of Missouri discovered a new way to help the body’s immune system resolve cancer deception and destruction.
A University of Missouri researcher has discovered a new way to help the body’s immune system resolve cancer deception and destruction.
“Normally, your body’s immune cells are constantly on patrol to identify and destroy foreign entities in the body,” said Yves Chabu, an assistant professor in the Biological Sciences Division.
“Normal cells put up a ‘don’t-eat-me’ molecular flag that is recognized by immune cells, thereby preventing the destruction of normal tissues. But some cancers have also developed the ability to mimic normal cells and produce this ‘don’t eat me’ signal. As a consequence, the immune system fails to recognize cancer as a defective tissue and leaves it alone, which is bad news for the patient,” she says.
Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that effectively blocks the signal “don’t-eat-me” from cancer and stimulates the immune system to kill it.
Whereas these immunotherapies function for some forms of cancers, Chabu, whose appointment is in the College of Arts and Science, said that prostate cancer is extremely immunosuppressive, which means that the physical and molecular conditions of cancer simply overwhelm the body’s immune system.
But Chabu could have unlocked a solution with the help of a bacterial strain of more than 50 years.
The interpersonal variations help to decide whether a specific clinical treatment can successfully destroy cancer and help the patient. The bacteria themselves are genetically friendly and can thus be genetically engineered to transcend patient-related therapeutic limits,” Chabu said.
“Imagine a patient whose cancer isn’t responding to traditional therapies and has no other treatment options. One can envision genetically modifying the bacteria such that it can unload therapeutics that specifically exploit that cancer’s unique vulnerabilities and kill it,” Chabu added.
In a previous study, researchers at the Cancer Research Center and the University of Missouri developed CRC2631 for the selection and killing of cancer cells. Genetically distinct and non-toxic salmonella strain.
CRC2631 originated from another strain of salmonella preserved for more than half a century at room temperature. Scientists like Chabu are now showing the potential to unleash the body’s immune system against prostate cancer for CRC2631, which enthusiastically focuses on cancer tumors.
“Because CRC2631 preferentially colonizes tumor cells, the effect is mainly localized to the tumor. The use of CRC2631 to design and deliver patient-tailored therapeutics foretells potential in precision medicine, or the ability to tailor a treatment to a specific patient,” said Chabu.
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