Graphene Could Be Used to Neutralize Cancer Stem Cells

Graphene has a frankly overwhelming array of amazing possible uses, from body armor to seeing through walls. To that list, you can perhaps add the ability to fight cancer, too.

Researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK—the birthplace of graphene—have used the 2D carbon material to target and neutralise cancer stem cells. Using a modified form of graphene called graphene oxide, Professor Michael Lisanti and Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan have observed that it can act as an anti-cancer agent, inhibiting the formation of the basic tumour sphere that grows during the onset of cancer.

Instead, the stem cells went on to form non-cancerous cells. Testing graphene oxide formulations with breast, pancreatic, lung, brain, ovarian and prostate cancer cells, flakes of the material appear to blocks the surface processes through which cancer stem cells join together. The results are published in Oncotarget.

The researchers suggest that the compound could be used alongside other treatments to help encourage tumour shrinkage as well as preventing the spread of cancer and its recurrence after treatment. A particularly attractive aspect of that proposition is that the compound is non-toxic, unlike many other cancer therapeutics, suggesting it could be used with few side effects.

It’s worth noting that it’s not quite time to pop champagne corks, though. “Naturally, any new discovery such as this needs to undergo extensive study and trials before emerging as a therapeutic,” explains Vijayaraghavan. From this stage of experiment, that could be years away. But it remains an exciting finding—and another feather to add to graphene’s cap. [Oncotarget via EurekAlert]

via Graphene Could Be Used to Neutralize Cancer Stem Cells.


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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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