Are all Glioma Cells Cancer Stem Cells?
Author(s): Cruz Mabel, Siden Åke, Tasat Deborah Ruth and Yakisich J. SebastianCruz Mabel, Siden Åke, Tasat Deborah Ruth and Yakisich J. Sebastian
The cancer stem cell theory proposes that there is a small but constant subpopulation of cancer cells with stem cell properties responsible for the self renewal capacity and unlimited proliferation of tumor as well as increased resistance to antineoplastic drugs. Targeting these cells might constitute an effective way to cure cancer. Regarding gliomas, by analysing proliferation kinetics of cultures containing mixed subpopulations and experimental data from literature on glioma cell lines, we propose a model (Stemness Phenotype Model) in which all glioma cells have stem cells properties but their phenotype varies depending on the environmental conditions. This model provides an alternative explanation to different and sometimes controversial experimental findings and might be a useful guide for future research in the field of gliomas and stem cell biology... Read More»