Skip to comments.Tumor Time Bombs Set Off by Stem Cells
Posted on 01/14/2008 11:21:35 AM PST by syriacus
Researchers say they have identified a switch that makes dormant breast cancer cells that have traveled to the lungs swell to lethal proportionscompleting the dreaded process of metastasis or cancer spread. A team from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y., reports that it staved off full-blown metastasis in mice by preventing mini-tumors in the lungs from recruiting stem cells called endothelial progenitors, which assemble into blood vessels to nourish the malignancy.
Researchers do not know if the same thing would work for other types of cancer or cancer cells lodged in other body organs. Still, they hope to discover drugs that could put the brakes on at least some metastases by short-circuiting the ability of endothelial progenitors to respond to chemical cues sent out by tumors.
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Our interests are to understand the contribution and role of bone marrow-derived progenitor cells in tumor growth and metastasis, and to determine the therapeutic potential of targeting these cells as an anti-cancer approach.