Turbocharging the body’s natural killer cells to defeat cancer

Dr Jai Rautela and Professor Nicholas Huntington.
Dr Jai Rautela and Professor Nicholas Huntington.

A research team led by Monash BDI's Professor Nicholas Huntington has discovered a protein found in humans that prevents Natural Killer (NK) cells from doing their job fighting cancer. The study, published in Science Signaling, revealed that blocking this protein–with a naturally occurring hormone currently commercially available–turbocharges the immune system to fight off the cancer cells. News of this discovery has appeared on Medical Express, Science Codex and Vaaju. Read more.