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Mesothelin engineered on virus-like particles provides treatment clues for pancreatic cancer
Date:2/14/2008

the original virus.

Tumor growth in the immunized mice slowed and in some cases the tumor disappeared. The average life span for the mice not treated was four weeks. The immunized mice survived five weeks longer than those not treated.

Researchers found that the immunization works by suppressing production of key immune system cells that suppress the bodys ability to fight the tumor. The researchers said pancreatic cancers produce these cells, called T regulatory cells, as a protective measure.

If we are able to see the same results in humans, this would allow us to incorporate a combination therapy to treat the tumor, Yao said. Treatment with a single drug is not effective.

Yao and her colleagues are seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to begin studies using their vaccination on people suffering from pancreatic cancer.


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Contact: Graciela Gutierrez
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Baylor College of Medicine
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