Researchers from Southampton have found a potential new treatment that could boost the power of the human immune system, helping it to find and destroy cancer cells within the body.
A patient’s immune system is more than able to detect and remove cancer cells, and immunotherapy pioneered at Southampton has recently emerged as a novel therapy for many different types of cancers. However, cancer cells generate a microenvironment within the tumour that stops the immune system from working, thereby limiting the general use and success of immunotherapy.
Professor Nullin Divecha - Professor of Cellular Signalling in Biological Sciences
Nullin and his laboratory team have identified a way to stop this microenvironment from occurring by restricting the activity of a group of enzymes in cells called PIP4K that regulate the immune system. This in turn unleashes other immune cells to attack tumours in cancer patients.