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Shown here is a pseudo-colored scanning electron micrograph of an oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T cells (red), part of a natural immune response. Nanomedicine researchers are creating personalized cancer vaccines by loading neoantigens identified from the patient's tumor into nanoparticles. When presented with immune stimulants, this activates the patient's own immune system, leading to expansion of tumor-specific cytotoxic T cells.
This image was originally submitted as part of the 2016 NCI Cancer Close Up project and selected for exhibit.
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
Treatment -- Immunotherapy
|Color, Photo (JPEG format)
|National Cancer Institute \ Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine
|Rita Elena Serda
|April 11, 2016
|None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.