Scientists discover a way to control the immune system’s \”Natural Killer Cells\” with \”Invisible Stem Cells\”
Scientists at UC San Francisco have found a way to control \”natural killer\” cells (NK). This discovery could lead to new cell therapies and tissues implants that are immune-resistant. These findings could be used to improve the ability of cancer immunotherapies detect and destroy hidden tumors.
Tobias Deuse MD, Julien I.E. Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery at the UCSF Department of Surgery, is the lead author of the study published today (January 8,2021) in Journal of Experimental Medicine. Hoffman, MD Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery at the UCSF Department of Surgery.
As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Deuse said, \”I would love to be able to eliminate myself from the business by being in a position to implant healthy heart cells to repair cardiac disease.\” Deuse is an interim chair and director of minimally-invasive cardiac surgery at the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery. \”There are great hopes that one day we will be able to implant insulin-producing cell in diabetic patients or inject immune cells designed to destroy tumors into cancer patients. The main obstacle is to avoid immediate immune rejection.