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New Engineered Drug Shows Promise in Treating Lymphocytic Leukaemia

s self-destruction happens differently from how other drugs cause apoptosis. Most drugs cause cells to self-destruct by triggering a cell mechanism that requires enzymes called caspases. This new agent, however, works through a mechanism that does not call for caspases.

"This is exciting because it means that this agent may benefit patients who are resistant to other CLL drugs," says co-author Natarajan Muthusamy, a research scientist with Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center. "It also suggests that it might work well in combination with other drugs, as well as alone."

The findings also show that after the agent joins with the cancer cells, it attracts immune cells called natural killer cells, which also devastate the leukemia cells.


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