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Importance of TGFβ in Cancer and Nematode Infection and Their Interaction—Opinion
journal contributionposted on 2023-10-18, 23:57 authored by M Maruszewska-Cheruiyot, Michael StearMichael Stear, M Machcińska, K Donskow-Łysoniewska
Historically, there has been little interaction between parasitologists and oncologists, although some helminth infections predispose to the development of tumours. In addition, both parasites and tumours need to survive immune attack. Recent research suggests that both tumours and parasites suppress the immune response to increase their chances of survival. They both co-opt the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) signalling pathway to modulate the immune response to their benefit. In particular, there is concern that suppression of the immune response by nematodes and their products could enhance susceptibility to tumours in both natural and artificial infections.