Israeli scientists discover way to block spread of brain cancer

Israeli scientists have found a method to stop the of deadly brain cancer cells, Tel Aviv University (TAU) in central Israel said on Sunday.

The method, discovered in a study published in the journal Nature Communications, is based on activating the brain’s immune .

First, the team identified a failure in the brain’s immune , leading to the amplification of cell division and of cancer cells of glioblastoma, a highly invasive fast-growing type of brain cancer.

According to the researchers, the failure in the immune results partially from the secretion of a protein called P-selectin, normally helps cells travel inside the body.

However, when this protein bounds to brain immune cells, it alters their function so instead of inhibiting the of cancer cells, they them to proliferate and penetrate brain tissues.

Next, the researchers able to inhibit the secretion of the protein, thereby neutralising the failure in the immune system, restoring its normal activity, and blocking the spread of this incurable cancer. (Xinhua/NAN)