Treatment-Resistant Breast Cancer Cells
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|Treatment-Resistant Breast Cancer Cells
Human tumors often include slowly proliferating cancer cells that resist treatment. This image shows a cluster of slow-cycling (AKT-low/Hes1-high) breast cancer cells (red) within a human ER+ primary breast tumor (cell nuclei in blue; rapidly cycling, AKT-high, cancer cells in green). Cancer cells enter an AKT-low state in response to decreased interaction of cell surface beta-1 integrin with the extracellular matrix. AKT-low cancer cells within invasive breast cancer tumors persist after combination chemotherapy and contribute to tumor progression.
This image was originally submitted as part of the 2016 NCI Cancer Close Up project.
Cancer Types -- Breast Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
|Color, Photo (JPEG format)
|National Cancer Institute \ Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
|Sheheryar Kabraji, Sridhar Ramaswamy
|April 11, 2016
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