Cancer cells circumvent immune system, but reveal themselves in the process


In their move to circumvent the immune system, melanoma cells end up with a deficiency of the crucial nutrient tryptophan. Unlike healthy cells, these cancer cells can continue to synthesize proteins to survive, but this comes at a price: they will be much more easy to detect by the immune system.

This discovery is outlined in a publication in Nature by researchers led by Reuven Agami (Netherlands Cancer Institute) and Yardena Samuels (Weizmann Institute), in collaboration with the University of Oslo. 

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