Research: Newly found “kill switch” triggers death of cancer cells

Source: Fox News

“Researchers say they’ve located a ‘kill switch’ that can trigger the death of cancer cells. Scientists at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in Sacramento, California, have identified a protein on the CD95 receptor that can ‘program’ cancer cells to die, as detailed in a study published in the journal Cell Death & Differentiation last month. A receptor is a protein within a cell that receives and transmits signals. CD95 receptors — also referred to as Fas — have gained the nickname ‘death receptors’ because they send a signal that causes cancer cells to ‘self-destruct,’ according to a press release from UC Davis. ‘Previous efforts to target this receptor have been unsuccessful. But now that we’ve identified this epitope (target), there could be a therapeutic path forward to target Fas in tumors,’ Jogender Tushir-Singh, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and senior author of the study, said in the release.” (11/12/23)