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Traditional precision medicine concepts identify actionable genes and proteins for new diagnostics and therapies. But molecular studies may also lead to better ways to help patients recover after surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy by identifying regeneration-triggering proteins or molecular signals and pathways that restore tissue architecture and function. This image of a mouse bladder 30 days after surgery to remove a tumor shows the potential for the bladder to heal and regrow. The bladder wall is illuminated with activated mesenchyme, whose role is to rebuild the extracellular matrix, the fibrovasculature, and networks of blood vessels.
This image was originally submitted as part of the 2016 NCI Cancer Close Up project and selected for exhibit.
Cancer Types -- Bladder Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
|Color, Photo (JPEG format)
|National Cancer Institute \ Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest Univ.
|Frank C. Marini
|April 11, 2016
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