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Cancer Cells Use “Tiny Tentacles” To Suck Mitochondria Out of Immune Cells

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Photo: Nature Nanotechnology doi: 10.1038/s41565-021-01000-4

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With the power of nanotechnology, investigators have discovered that cancer cells strengthen by forming nanotubes that they use to suck mitochondria out of immune cells.

To grow and spread, cancer cells must evade the immune system. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MIT used the power of nanotechnology to discover a new way that cancer can disarm its would-be cellular attackers by extending out nanoscale tentacles that can reach into an immune cell and pull out its powerpack. Slurping out the immune cell’s mitochondria powers up the cancer ...