Tricky Nanoparticle to Starve Cancer Cells

B-cell Lymphoma, Wikimedia Commons

B-cell Lymphoma, Wikipedia Commons

Researchers from Northwestern Medicine have discovered a new way to treat B-cell lymphoma without chemotherapy. A synthetic HDL nanoparticle tricks cancer cells by mimicking the size and shape of regular HDL cholesterol, an essential nutrient of the cancer cell.  Once in contact with a cancer cell, the nanoparticle prevents the cancer cell from ingesting more cholesterol and “starves” the cancer cell to death. Researchers have tested the nanoparticles on mice and cultured human cells with positive results.

(Source: Northwestern University)

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