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  • Cholesterol metabolite causes immune system to attack T cells instead of breast cancer, study finds

    Professor Erik Nelson and graduate student Liqian Ma.

    Illinois professor Erik Nelson and graduate student Liqian Ma found that a cholesterol metabolite hijacks myeloid immune cells to disarm the T-cell immune response to breast cancer.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Erik Nelson, call 217-244-5477; email enels@illinois.edu.

    The paper “27-Hydroxycholesterol acts on myeloid immune cells to induce T cell dysfunction, promoting breast cancer progression” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.canlet.2020.08.020