Cancers can manipulate the immune system for its development when the immune system begins to protect cancer cells from means of therapy.
It is reported by the scientific journal Cell Reports, citing a study by researchers from the University of southern California.
Biologists have conducted experiments on mice, as a result, experts have concluded that cancer cells can trick the macrophages (type of white blood cells involved in the control of inflammation) and thus to protect themselves from chemotherapy.
Scientists have found that macrophages protect cancer cells
Before this, scientists assumed that macrophages, which are cells of the immune system, should seek to destroy cancer cells. It was well known that these cells, which are characteristic of immunity of animals and humans, the ability to capture and digest bacteria, and other unwanted and dangerous particles.
However, after experiments on mice, it became clear that the macrophages are in a format that protects the cancer instead of fight it. As noted by the authors, they saw not only how macrophages to protect the tumour, but also how they restore damage in cancer cells after chemotherapy.
This will help scientists to improve cancer treatment
Understanding this mechanism of manipulating the immune system will help to develop more effective strategies to combat cancer in the future, experts say.
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