Go Back   HawaiiThreads.com > Ka Nohona > The Laboratory
FAQ Members List Social Groups Calendar Search Search Latest Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old July 2nd, 2010, 11:25 AM
Kalalau Kalalau is offline
Ali`i
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,427
Default Cancer stem cells

Melanoma-Initiating Cell Identified
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0630132754.htm
Quote:
STANFORD, Calif. — Scientists at the School of Medicine have identified a cancer-initiating cell in human melanomas. The finding is significant because the existence of such a cell in the aggressive skin cancer has been a source of debate. It may also explain why current immunotherapies are largely unsuccessful in preventing disease recurrence in human patients.

“These cells lack the traditional melanoma cell surface markers targeted by these treatments,” said post-doctoral fellow Alexander Boiko, PhD. “Without wiping out the cells at the root of the cancer, the treatment will fail.”

Boiko is the first author of the research, published in the July 1 issue of Nature. He works in the laboratory of Irving Weissman, MD, the director of Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Weissman is the medical school’s Virginia & D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research and the senior author of the research. He is also a member of the Stanford Cancer Center.

The cancer stem cell theory holds that, like queen bees in a hive, only a subset of cancer cells are at the root of the tumor’s growth. These cells can both self-renew (that is, make more of themselves) and differentiate into other tumor cell types.

Last edited by admin; July 2nd, 2010 at 08:55 PM. Reason: Excerpt and link.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
cancer, health

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

  Partner Sites: Hawaii Blog Hawaii News Hawaii Grinds Hawaii Social Media  
    Blogging the Aloha State. The Hawaii Star. Hawaii Food Blog. The story of Aloha 2.0.