The Cancer Assassin: how does a killer T Cell kill its target?

How specialised members of our white blood cells known as cytotoxic T cells destroy tumour cells and virally-infected cells

Cambridge University new film captures the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells – the body’s ‘serial killers’ – as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target. Video published on 19 May 2015.

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  • A collaboration of researchers from the UK and the USA, led by Professor Gillian Griffiths at the University of Cambridge, describe how specialised members of our white blood cells known as cytotoxic T cells destroy tumour cells and virally-infected cells. Using state-of-the-art imaging techniques, the research team, with funding from the Wellcome Trust, has captured the process on film.
  • Body’s ‘serial killers’ captured on film destroying cancer cells, cam.ac.uk, 19 May 2015.
  • Actin Depletion Initiates Events Leading to Granule Secretion at the Immunological Synapse, Immunity;DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.immuni.2015.04.013, 19 May 2015. PDF.
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