Immunology to Fight Cancers?
orzeck at immune.med.utoronto.ca
Fri Jan 12 13:03:15 EST 1996
> Would you like to share about how is the progress and what are the
> problems? And whether some articles from your research have been
> According to my opinion, -as a non-researcher-, the primary cancer
> cells can survive from immunology reaction of the body because they
> grow very slowly at the beginning, allowing them not to trigger the
> immune system at the alarming state, and most probably they develop
> something to cover up their membrane cells to the immune system
> recognition. But I believe all cancer cells can be recognised as alien
BELIEF IS USELESS,LEARN THE FACTS!!!
> cells if they are exposed to the body in quite a big quantity and
> uncovered. I think it may be good to 'wash' the cells carefully and to
> kill the cells without destructing them before preparation.
> I believe you also have thought about it and have done it. What I want
> to know is your comments.
> Bayu P. Hie, MD
No, no, no. When researchers tell you what has been done, do not let
opinion sway you.
Fact is, cancerous cells can grow at any rate - BLASTing cells are those
cells growing very quickly. Often, the initial cancerous cells grow at
fairly normal rates. But, cancer is a multistep disease, and the cells
change continuously over time.
The problem is that the body CANNOT respond to cancerous cells that are
going through a slow transformation process. The body sees these cells as
"self", because they are. No matter how many of these cells exist, they
are essentially still "self", and unlikely to promote any immune response.
As cells get more tumorigenic, they may eventually express molecules
that could trigger responses, but most cancers are able to counter this by
downregulating other molecules involved in effecting the immune response.
The problem is not in "washing" the cells, but in getting them to
re-express sufficient levels of molecules (such as MHC I&II, B7 family,
CD40,....) to initiate and effect an immune response.
Some groups have done this by taking tumor cells and transfecting them
with various cDNAs encoding molecules such as B7-1&2&3, CD40, MHC I&II,
GM-CSF, etc.... and then reintroducing them into the original tumor host.
And, these techniques DO work in mouse systems. That is, mice are able to
fight off tumorigenic cells when first given a dose of the altered tumor
For more detail into these studies, you must read journals such as
"Current Opinions in Immunology", "Immunology Today", or any good cancer
Or...sit in on a university level introductory cancer course!!! (Best bet
if you dislike reading like I do)
Without taking the time to study the field, you will not be able to grasp
the actual problems and solutions at hand.
And giving you an answer in less than 10 pages of writing (assuming you
have a biology background to begin with), is virtually IMPOSSIBLE!!
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