Targeting Non-Dividing Cells in Cancer

By Cerise Carey

Invasive cells, ones that travel from tumor tissue to form new tumors elsewhere within the host, have been the focus of most cancer research. In a recent study, Dr. David Q. Matus, an Assistant Professor in the Stony Brook University Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, and his colleagues found that cells in the roundworm nematode C. elegans cannot divide and invade at the same time. Targeting cells that have stopped dividing presents a new strategy for treating metastatic cancer. Further research is still needed to explain why roundworm cells only become invasive once they stop dividing. These new findings present a novel approach for developing effective cancer treatments and possibilities for alternate interventions.

  1. Filiano, Study suggests targeting invasive cells not diving cells to halt cancer. Stony Brook Newsroom, (2015).

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