Cancer Treatment Update: Built-In Genetic Circuit Cell Technology Can Kill Cancer Cells, Latest Research Finds Out

By Collie Lane / Nov 28, 2016 04:05 AM EST

Cancer cells can now be repelled, new research suggests. University of Southampton researchers has orchestrated cells with 'built-in genetic circuit' that produces molecules capable of generating particles for averting the capability of cancer cells to survive and develop in the human body. This technology can create hypoxia-inducible factor or HIF-1 preventer, which prevents the ability of cells comprising HIF-1 to survive and grow in low-oxygen environs.

"We were able to present that the engineered cells produce the HIF-1 inhibitor, and this molecule goes on to inhibit HIF-1 function in cells, limiting the capability of those cells to endure and nurture in nutrient-limited environments as expected." Science Daily quoted Professor Ali Tavassoli, lead author of the research, as saying. The researchers have given their engineered cell the capability to combat and stop HIF-1 from functioning in tumor cells.

Cancers keep on growing in low-oxygen environs with the aid of hypoxia-inducible factor also known as HIF-1. When the oxygen levels of cells decreased and passed on signals for new blood supplies, the HIF-1 becomes stimulated. However, all tumors those necessitate to be able of living in low-oxygen environs takeovers the HIF-1 to develop blood vessels that they need.

With this, researchers have tried to produce treatments that prevent the two molecules of HIF to come together. In doing so, they wish to terminate cancer's blood supply as well as kill tumor cells. However, this approach has not been successful.

New research from scientists from the University of Southampton can change that. The latest research reveals a possible new way to prevent blood vessels by aiming HIF-1.

The scientists wanted to produce a drug which would turn off HIF-1 through distracting how the two molecules - HIF-1β and HIF-1α - stick together. Today, they generated a cell technology which includes the important directives for cells to have their molecules that the researchers wished would separate the two particles of HIF-1.

To test the effect of this technology, researchers plunged the tumor cells into low-oxygen atmospheres, which would typically cause the formation of HIF-1. The testing went successful, preventing the HIF-1 inhibitors from spreading and developing. "Using this new technique we've managed to engineer cancer cells with an extra component in their DNA, which triggers the production of an HIF-1 inhibitor under low-oxygen conditions," Cancer Research UK quoted Professor Tavassoli as saying.

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