A new scientific discovery may be a future cure for breast cancer.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, the options for treatment may involve mastectomy, radiation and chemo therapy, with a possibility that the disease may return.
While the odds of surviving breast cancer have improved, it is also likely that you may have physical disfigurement and side effects from the treatment.
A new scientific discovery may offer hope for a cure by turning cancer cells into fat cells. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland exploited this critical phase, known as an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), to coax breast cancer cells in mice to turn into harmless fat cells. The proof-of-concept study appears January 14 in the journal Cancer Cell.
Imagine, if this technology can be employed safely with few if any side effects to cancer cells. Most of the emerging treatments that involve the immune system may be helpful as well, however, they are costly and may have horrible side effects.
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Breast Cancer Cells In Mice Tricked Into Turning Into Fat Cells
On Jan 14, 2019
As cancer cells respond to cues in their microenvironment, they can enter a highly plastic state in which they are susceptible to transdifferentiation into a different type of cell. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland exploited this critical phase, known as an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), to coax breast cancer cells in mice to turn into harmless fat cells. The proof-of-concept study appears January 14 in the journal Cancer Cell.
“The breast cancer cells that underwent an EMT not only differentiated into fat cells, but also completely stopped proliferating,” says first author Gerhard Christofori, professor of biochemistry at the University of Basel. What’s more, the primary tumor did not metastasize. “As far as we can tell from long-term culture experiments, the cancer cells-turned-fat cells remain fat cells and do not revert back to breast cancer cells,” he says.