Pancreatic Cancer Cells Find Unique Fuel Sources to Keep From Starving

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Pancreatic cancer cells avert starvation in dense tumors by ordering nearby support cells to supply them with an alternative source of nutrition.

This is the finding of a study in cancer cells and mice published August 10 in Nature. The study was led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard, and the University of Michigan Medical School.

The results revolve around the unique ability of pancreatic cancers to scavenge for energy when oxygen and blood sugar (glucose), normally supplied by the bloodstream, are in short supply. This is the case inside tumors where abnormal cell growth quickly consumes available resources. Read more . . .

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