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Cancer Researchers Win 2018 Nobel Prize For Medicine

Cancer Researchers Win 2018 Nobel Prize For Medicine

Their research has led to the development of drugs that release that Human immune system against the cancer cells.

Figure: Upper left: Activation of T cells requires that the T-cell receptor binds to structures on other immune cells recognized as "non-self". In 1992, his lab found another off-switch for T-cells embedded in their membranes: a protein called PD-1.

Allison and his lab found when they injected antibodies that interfere with CTLA-4, the T-cells began multiplying like insane. He realised the potential of releasing the brake and unleashing our immune cells to attack tumours. The field hums with stories of lives extended: "the woman with a grapefruit-size tumor in her lung from melanoma, alive and healthy 13 years later; the 6-year-old near death from leukemia, now in third grade and in remission; the man with metastatic kidney cancer whose disease continued fading away even after treatment stopped".

Allison's research was conducted at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Allison, 70, said he was "honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition".

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Dr. Otis W. Brawley, a close friend of Allison's, said the Nobel committee usually waits about ten years to make sure a scientific discovery "sticks as being really important".

The 9-million-kronor (US$1.01 million) prize will be shared by James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University.

Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The discoveries led to one of the decade's major advance in cancer therapy - drugs called checkpoint inhibitors. It was because of a sexual misconduct scandal that led to the decision was the Nobel assembly. The pharmaceutical industry is vigorously pursuing immunotherapy, and hundreds of trials are now underway based on CTLA-4, PD-1 and other immune approaches. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were created in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901.

Last year's prize went to American scientists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for their research identifying genes and proteins that work with the body's internal biological clock, thereby influencing functions such as sleeping patterns, blood pressure and eating habits. In 2013, Science magazine named cancer immunotherapy its Breakthrough of the Year, citing Allison's work as crucial to immunotherapy's rapid advancement, and The Economist honoured him with its Innovations Award in Bioscience.

Monday's announcement represents only the latest instance in which a current or former Scripps Research scientist has been awarded the Nobel Prize.


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