We have seen many stories on the restoration ability of stem cells. However, that story is a little different when it comes to the latest research on Brain Tumors. Researchers now say that stem cells could be responsible for the tumors ability to evade chemotherapy. BTSC or brain tumor stem cells act a bit differently and researchers at Washington University can explain some of the differences.
With mice at the forefront researchers were able to identify specific stem cells in Neurofibromatosis (NF1) that actually help regenerate brain tumors. NF1 in children can produce brain tumors, learning difficulties, heart disease, and other problems. Eye tumors are the most common, and in their hunt for treating these, the researchers found out that it took ten times the drug dosage to kill the cancer stem cells (CSC).
What is it about these cancer cells that make them so hard to kill? It is a protein called Abcg1 that helps them survive and helps to block the effects of drugs.
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