Enzymes released by cancerous cells have a protective function and are not one of the “bad guys”, say researchers from the University of East Anglia.
Their study found the MMP-8 enzyme sent a signal to the immune system to attack the tumour.
Patients whose breast tumours have more of this enzyme seem to do better.
Cancer Research UK said the research provided “very early clues” as to how the enzyme might recruit cells to fight breast cancer.
Scientists from UEA worked with clinicians at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to look in detail at the patterns of MMPs in breast tumours from patients….read full article