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Cancer Stem Cells in Metastasis Therapy.

A new interesting article has been published in Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018 Sep 26. doi: 10.1007/5584_2018_279. and titled:

Cancer Stem Cells in Metastasis Therapy.

Authors of this article are:
Aydemir Çoban E Şahin F.

A summary of the article is shown below:
Tumors consists of subpopulation of cells in which each subtype has contributes to tumor progression. Specifically one subtype known as cancer stem cells are associated with the initiation, progression, resistance to conventional therapies and metastasis. Metastasis is leading cause of cancer related deaths. Overall it is important to consider cancer as a whole in which a mutated cell proliferating indefinitely and forming its hierarchy consisting of subgroups with different molecular signatures. To be able to target this disease we need to evaluate every step including initiation, progression, survival, angiogenesis and finally migration and repopulation. Cancer stem cells do play vital roles in each step however when metastasis can be stopped or eliminated we talk about saving a life or improving its quality. Considering how deeply these cancer stem like cells affect the tumor life and metastasis it is crucial to develop effective strategies against them. Metastatic cascade can also be directed by membrane derived vesicles specifically exosomes. Several studies show the role of exosomes in mediating cellular migration and pre-metastatic niche formation. During this chapter we wanted to explain in detail how the metastasis occur in tumor and how cancer stem cells contribute into the development of metastatic cascade and possibly suggest therapeutic approaches against cancer stem cells.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Cancer stem cells;Cancer therapy;Metastasis.

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