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Study Elucidates Interplay in Cancer Cells, Immune System

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
A molecule that is released by breast cancer cells and yet stops the cells from growing appears to have its effect by stimulating an inflammatory immune response. The molecule, called matrix metalloproteinase 8, or MMP8, is one of a family of MMPs that had been a target for cancer drugs in the 1990s. Those drugs, known as MMP inhibitors, aimed to prevent tumor growth and metastasis.

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