“Researchers find diverse ways that the lipids can regulate cancer’s spread”


“The Scientist” reports on a study headed by ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah, from the Stem Cells and Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona, and whose first author is Gloria Pascual. In the study, published in Nature, the researchers reveal that, in mice, the human oral cancer cells that are most likely to migrate from primary tumors are marked by the surface protein CD36—a scavenger receptor that binds fatty acids. 

The report includes a second study, by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, which highlights this role for lipid signaling in the tumor microenvironment.

Link to The Scientist