In a new study published in the journal Science, researchers have used molecular microscopy to uncover how breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body.
The study was led by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and it is the first to use this type of microscopy to study the spread of breast cancer.
The researchers used a new type of microscope, called a super-resolution microscope, to study breast cancer cells that had been injected into the brains of mice.
The researchers found that the cancer cells spread in a “ripple” pattern, with the leading edge of the ripple moving ahead of the rest of the cells.
The researchers also found that the cancer cells changed their shape as they spread, from round to more elongated, and that they formed “bridges” between blood vessels.
The findings of this study could help scientists to develop new drugs that target the leading edge of the cancer cell ripple, and that block the formation of bridges between blood vessels.
This study is an important step forward in our understanding of how breast cancer spreads, and it could lead to new and better treatments for this disease.
Molecular microscopy is providing new insight into how cancer cells behave and could be used in the future to improve breast cancer treatment.
In a new study, researchers from the University of Nottingham used molecular microscopy to study the behaviour of cancer cells in real time. They found that cancer cells are able to spread from the primary tumour to other parts of the body through the bloodstream.
This is a significant finding as it means that cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body even before they have been detected by traditional methods such as mammography. This highlights the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
The findings also suggest that molecular microscopy could be used in the future to monitor the spread of cancer cells in real time. This could help to design more effective treatments that target cancer cells at an early stage, before they have a chance to spread.
The study was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology.