Most tumors are only fatal if the cancer cells spread in the body and form secondary tumors,
known as metastases, in other organs, such as the liver. Scientists at Klinikum rechts der Isar
of Technische Universität München (TUM) have now shown that increased amounts of a
particular protein in the liver create favorable conditions for the implantation of cancer cells
and thus for the formation of metastases. The researchers have already succeeded in
preventing these processes in an animal model.