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2012-05-02 20:54:25

UCSF Visualization Shows Why Immune System Fails to Kill Tumors in Mice A pioneering approach to imaging breast cancer in mice has revealed new clues about why the human immune system often fails to attack tumors and keep cancer in check. This observation, by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), may help to reveal new approaches to cancer immunotherapy. Published in the journal Cancer Cell last month, the work shows that the body's natural defenses trip over...

2012-03-27 08:38:49

Human tumors transplanted into laboratory mice disappeared or shrank when scientists treated the animals with a single antibody, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The antibody works by masking a protein flag on cancer cells that protects them from macrophages and other cells in the immune system. The scientists achieved the findings with human breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate cancer samples. It is the first antibody...

2012-03-02 05:53:04

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Good news! Researchers have discovered a promising new technique that potentially could turn immune system killer T cells into more effective weapons against infections and possibly cancer. “The technique involves delivering DNA into the immune system's instructor cells. The DNA directs these cells to overproduce a specific protein that jumpstarts important killer T cells, called CD8 T cells. These killer cells are typically repressed in patients who have...

2011-06-08 18:56:00

BETHESDA, Md., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTC.BB: NWBO) today announced that it has made changes and substantially expanded its management team, adding several highly experienced executives. Ms. Linda Powers, who has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2007, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Anthony Maida, a well known senior executive in the field of cancer immune therapies, is joining NWBT as Chief Operating Officer on June 20th. Dr....

2011-06-06 19:34:22

Cancer cells do not grow equally well everywhere in the body. Often, they first create the conditions in which they can grow. Many years ago researchers discovered that solid tumors attract blood vessels to ensure their supply of nutrients by secreting specific factors. Now the immunologist Dr. Uta Höpken (Tumor and Immunogenetics Research Group at the Max Delbrck Center for Molecular Medicine, MDC, Berlin-Buch in the Helmholtz Association) and the hematologist Dr. Armin Rehm...

2011-05-10 15:37:08

Researchers with UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a way to amp up the power of killer T-cells, called CD8 cells, making them more functional for longer periods of time and boosting their ability to multiply and expand within the body to fight melanoma, a new study has found. The study, done in mouse models of metastatic melanoma that had spread to the brain, has important clinical implications, as the method could boost the cancer-killing power of experimental...

2011-04-26 10:14:00

DALLAS, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Baylor Research Institute (BRI), the research arm of Baylor Health Care System (BHCS), has appointed Yong-Jun Liu, M.D., Ph.D., vice president and chief scientific officer (CSO) for BRI and director of the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research (BIIR). Dr. Liu is known worldwide as an expert in immunology, particularly the function of immune cells that are central to fighting cancer. He comes to Baylor from The University of Texas M.D....

2010-09-15 19:08:42

A new focus on the immune system's ability to both unleash and restrain its attack on disease has led Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists to identify cells in mice that prevent the immune system from attacking the animals' own cells, protecting them from autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and lupus. The discovery, reported online on Sept. 16 by the journal Nature, may give scientists an effective way of operating the immune system's internal "control panel,"...

2010-06-11 13:13:06

Reprogramming immune system cells to produce natural killer cells for cancer A team of researchers has developed a method to produce cells that kill tumour cells in the lab and prevent tumours forming in mouse models of cancer. Although the current work is in cells and mouse, if the research transfers to human biology, the new type of cell could be a new source for cell-based anticancer therapies. The cells were produced by knocking out a single gene essential in the pathways of development...


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