Cancer : the to and fro of tumour spread

Van Denderen, Bryce J.W. & Thompson, Erik W. (2013) Cancer : the to and fro of tumour spread. Nature, 493(7433), pp. 487-488.

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Abstract

The spread of cells from the primary site of a solid tumour to distant sites remains the major cause of disease and death associated with these cancers. For tumour cells to spread, or metastasize, they must modify their 'anchored' state and detach from their neighbouring cells; migrate through tissues into the blood and lymph systems; survive in these circulation systems; and then leave the vessels at an appropriate site to form another tumour1. Many of these events are favoured by conversions between two cellular states — the epithelial and mesenchymal phenotypes. But the role of these transitions in cancer metastasis is controversial. Writing in Cancer Cell, Tsai et al.2 and Ocaña et al.3 help to clarify this issue...

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ID Code: 71127
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996):6
Export Date: 6 May 2014
Source: Scopus
PubMed ID: 23344357
DOI: 10.1038/493487a
ISSN: 0028-0836
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 07 May 2014 03:31
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 23:33

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