Developing Novel Vaccine Delivery Systems for Cancer Therapy

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Title: Developing Novel Vaccine Delivery Systems for Cancer Therapy
Description: Researchers at the Texas Center for Cancer Nanomedicine (TCCN) are working on the devlopment of nano-vaccines for cancer therapy. In this research, bone marrow cells were stimulated with cytokines (signaling molecules used extensively in intercellular communication) to favor differentiation into antigen presenting cells, known as dendritic cells. These dendritic cells are then presented with the nano-vaccines (as shown in this image), which are porous silicon particle discs loaded with immune stimulating molecules and tumor antigens. These now activated cells are then injected back into the host to stimulate an anti-tumor response.
Topics/Categories: Science and Technology -- Nanotechnology
Type: Color, Photo (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Brenda Melendez and Rita Serda, Ph.D.
Date Created: August 1, 2012
Date Added: July 25, 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.