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Cancer metabolism

Friendly neighbours feed tumour cells


In pancreatic cancer, neighbouring non-cancerous cells degrade their own proteins through a process called autophagy and release amino acids that are then taken up and used by the cancer cells. See Letter p.479

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Figure 1: Pancreatic stellate cells feed a tumour.


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Kamphorst, J., Gottlieb, E. Friendly neighbours feed tumour cells. Nature 536, 401–402 (2016).

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