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  • Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers find

    A constellation of vesicles, tiny cellular transport packages seen here as blue dots, are released by cancer cells into the surrounding tissue. Illinois researchers found that these vesicles, coupled with molecular changes in metabolism, can signal big changes in the tissue around tumors.

    A constellation of vesicles, tiny cellular transport packages seen here as blue dots, are released by cancer cells into the surrounding tissue. Illinois researchers found that these vesicles, coupled with molecular changes in metabolism, can signal big changes in the tissue around tumors.

    Image courtesy of Stephen Boppart and Haohua Tu

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Stephen Boppart, call 217 333-8598-; email: boppart@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Concurrence of extracellular vesicle enrichment and metabolic switch visualized label-free in the tumor microenvironment” is available online.