A Cell Found In Everybody, That Can Cause Blood Cancer
Studies say that every one of us has a small number of unusual T-Cells(Thymocyte Cells), and sometimes they are responsible for developing Leukemia.
T-ALL(T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) is a disease that affects around about 6000 people in America, Researchers have found out, maybe the result of abnormal functioning and a specific kind of T-cells, which are present in small quantity in everyone’s body.
Scientists from the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine and Engineering, during their study, of mice with T-ALL, distinguished a T-cell which is an immune cell present in the thymus gland. They also came to know that this same kind of T-cell is responsible for all rodent tumors (abnormal growth of tissues that possess no physiological function and arise from the uncontrolled proliferation of cells).
The senior author, Adam Schrum, who is a Ph.D., associate professor of Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Surgery, who was also the leader of this team of Scientists and Researchers, said that once they identified the T-cell in mice, they were excited to find if humans have the same T-cell and in the same amount. After examining the human samples, they found that they were true. Yes, the human body has the same type of T-cells and the same amount as that of mice.
After calculations, they found that these cells are very rare, and form 0.01% of all the cells that the thymus gland possesses. They named these cells EADN. The next adventure for these scientists was to discover if the same EADN were responsible for the T-ALL case in human beings.
Schrum, being their senior and the leader, said that over 3 years, they tested 5 T-ALL cases, studied the cell sample of each patient, and found that only one of those 5 cases seemed to have originated from EADN cell. They say that they do not claim EADN cell only is responsible for causing this type of cancer, but it is their findings that show that this cell causes some cases, not all. They claim that they have done a great discovery.
While studying the EADN cell, Schrum and his team discovered something special about it. They discovered that the Major Histocompatibility Complex( simply, MHC) signals EADN cells to transform into cancer in mice.
Schrum claims that it is like a self-occurring immune reaction that is responsible for turning EADN into cancer. He says that the rest of the cells in the thymus gland are unable to do it. They also claim that now they can find the cure for this cancer, as they have discovered the signals responsible for it.
The next thing, they wanted to discover, was how often T-ALL cases arise from EADN, to know how to personalize the cure for everyone’s unique case of T-ALL.
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