On a cancer cell, long glycopolymers result in an expanded membrane-extracellular matrix gap, clustering of integrins and membrane bending. These physical effects lead to cell signaling pathways for enhanced cell survival.June, 2014: Matthew Paszek, KIC Fellow and Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, led an important study on glycoprotein-induced cancer survival, published in Nature on June 25.  The study found that the polysaccharide coating of cancer cells is especially thick and pronounced.
Cornell Chronicle, June 25, 2014.

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