‘Electrical language’ of breast cancer cells

18 November 2022

In our #FridayScience today: Scientists from Imperial College London uncovered potential ‘electrical language’ of #breastcancer cells and new potential treatment avenues for blocking cancer cell communication.

This research could help us understand how cancer cells decide’ when to multiply and spread. When cells become cancerous, they undergo a series of bioelectric changes. As the membrane voltage is higher than in healthy cells, it also fluctuates over time – with breast cancer cells behaving much like neurons. The ‘blinking’ and ‘waving’ electrical signals might be a form of communication between cells.

Will this potential electrical communications network between cancer cells be a future target for disruption, creating possible new treatments?

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