Immune cell provides cradle for mammary stem cells

Written by
Office of the Dean for Research, Catherine Zandonella, Princeton University
May 18, 2018

Mammary cell


Researchers in the laboratory of Yibin Kang, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, have made new discoveries about how an immune cell known as the macrophage, which normally fights infection by swallowing foreign invaders, nurtures mammary gland stem cells through a chemical signaling molecule. The study may provide clues about the roles of macrophages in breast cancer progression.