Understanding Metastatic Cancer Biology from Nanomaterial-Assisted Cell Migration

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Title: Understanding Metastatic Cancer Biology from Nanomaterial-Assisted Cell Migration
Description: Researchers at the Northwestern University Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence are studying the ways in which cancer cells migrate from existing tumors to create new, metastatic tumors in different regions of the body. By creating micrometer scaled adhesive islands on gold surfaces, they have allowed individual metastatic cells to take on shapes, such as the star depicted above. These shapes provide cues to cancer cells, which respond in the above image by concentrating their motility machinery at the star’s tips. This assay lends itself to large scale screening of cell populations—a problem that has stymied past efforts to find a drug that targets metastatic motility.

This image is part of the Nanotechnology Image Library collection.
Topics/Categories: Science and Technology -- Nanotechnology
Type: Color, Photo
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Bartosz Grzybowski, Ph.D.
Date Created: July 1, 2008
Date Added: July 21, 2016
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.