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This image shows HeLa cervical cancer cells stained for the cytoskeletal proteins actin (red) and tubulin (green). Cancer cells spread in the body with the help of mutated genes that drive changes in the cells' cytoskeleton -- the protein filaments and microtubules that control cell shape and contribute to cell movement. Examining how cancer cells use cytoskeletal proteins to move through the body may lead to targeted therapies that reverse these protein signals. Nuclear DNA in blue.
This image was originally submitted as part of the 2016 NCI Cancer Close Up project and selected for exhibit.
Cancer Types -- Cervical Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
|Color, Photo (JPEG format)
|National Cancer Institute \ Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University
|Scott Wilkinson, Adam Marcus
|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.