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Researchers discover new molecular driver of retinoblastoma

 

Researchers have discovered that a molecule – estrogen-related receptor gamma, or ESRRG – becomes hyperactive and promotes tumor cell survival in retinoblastoma.

UT Southwestern designated one of 12 elite Nutrition Obesity Research Centers in the nation

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center has been selected to be one of 12 NIH Nutrition Obesity Research Centers in the nation – and the only one in Texas – to investigate the causes, prevention, and treatment options for obesity, a chronic disease affecting more than 40% of the U.S. population with medical costs nearing $175 billion.

Shape-shifting fat cells fuel breast cancer growth

 

Fat cells, or adipocytes, that grow in close proximity to breast cancers can shift into other cell types that promote tumor growth, a new study by UT Southwestern researchers suggests.

National Cancer Institute renews $11.5 million program of excellence award in kidney cancer

 

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Kidney Cancer Program (KCP) Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) award.

Cellular ‘waste product’ rejuvenates cancer-fighting immune cells

 

A new study by UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center scientists suggests that lactate, a metabolic byproduct produced by cells during strenuous exercise, can rejuvenate immune cells that fight cancer.