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Channelling potassium to fight cancer


Potassium released from dying tumour cells has now been found to suppress the activity of T cells of the immune system. Enhancing the removal of potassium from T cells restores their ability to attack cancer. See Letter p.539

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Figure 1: Intracellular potassium levels and T-cell function.


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Chandy, K., Norton, R. Channelling potassium to fight cancer. Nature 537, 497–499 (2016).

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