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Good neighbours in the tumour stroma reduce oxidative stress

Tumour cells undergo oncogene-regulated metabolic reprogramming that maximizes survival and growth. However, little is known about metabolic interactions between tumour cells and their non-malignant neighbours in the stroma. Bone-marrow-derived stromal cells are now shown to provide cysteine, an essential nutrient that enables leukaemia cells to resist oxidative stress.

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Figure 1: Metabolic interactions between CLL tumour cells and neighbouring bone marrow-derived stromal cells promote tumour cell survival.


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DeBerardinis, R. Good neighbours in the tumour stroma reduce oxidative stress. Nat Cell Biol 14, 235–236 (2012).

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