Mesenchymal stem cells “create” cancer STEM cells.

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:  The research accumulates and still your oncologist is not talking with you about stopping your cancer STEM cells.  The focus in cancer therapy for the past 60 years has been on killing the cancer TUMOR cells but over the pat 5 years, we have learned about cancer STEM cells are becoming the real target for cancer care.


Cancer-stimulated mesenchymal stem cells create a carcinoma stem-cell niche via Prostaglandin E2 signaling


Mesenchymal cells of the tumor-associated stroma are critical determinants of carcinoma cell behavior. We focus here on interactions of carcinoma cells with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are recruited to the tumor stroma and, once present, are able to influence the phenotype of the carcinoma cells. We find that carcinoma cell-derived interleukin-1 (IL-1) induces prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) secretion by MSCs. The resulting PGE2 operates in an autocrine manner, cooperating with ongoing paracrine IL-1 signaling, to induce expression of a group of cytokines by the MSCs. The PGE2 and cytokines then proceed to act in a paracrine fashion on the carcinoma cells to induce activation of β-catenin signaling and formation of cancer stem cells. These observations indicate that MSCs and derived cell types create a cancer stem-cell niche to enable tumor progression via release of PGE2 and cytokines.

  • Accepted June 22, 2012.

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