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Smectite promotes probiotic biofilm formation in gut for cancer immunotherapy

Scientists from Nanjing University and the University of Macau have devised a new approach to extend the survival of transplanted probiotics in vivo, enhancing the efficacy of cancer chemo-/immunotherapies in mice. The paper entitled “smectite promotes probiotic biofilm formation in the gut for cancer immunotherapy,” appears online today in Cell Reports. The gut contains trillions […]

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FGF23 hormone from red blood cell precursors promotes hematopoietic stem cell mobilization

A Kobe University research group including graduate student Ishii Shinichi and Associate Professor Katayama Yoshio (both of the Department of Hematology, Graduate School of Medicine) have discovered that fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) produced by erythroblasts (cells that are the precursors of red blood cells) promotes the movement (mobilization) of hematopoietic stem cells into the peripheral […]

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Molecule secreted by cancer-associated fibroblasts promotes anticancer drug resistance

A joint project led by Kumamoto University (Japan) has discovered a new mechanism for anticancer drug resistance in gastric cancer. Researchers found that the Annexin A6 molecule contained in extracellular vesicles (EVs) is secreted by cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and taken up by gastric cancer cells, resulting in resistance to anticancer drug treatments. This finding creates […]