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Immune System Can Hurt As Well As Help Fight Cancer, Penn Study Shows

Posted Oct 01 2008 6:16pm

Interesting study findings Link: Immune System Can Hurt As Well As Help Fight Cancer, Penn Study Shows.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that some proteins of the immune system can promote tumor growth. Investigators found that instead of fighting tumors, the protein C5a, which is produced during an immune response to a developing tumor, helps tumors build molecular shields against T-cell attack. These findings appeared online this week in Nature Immunolgy.

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