IL-4-mediated drug resistance in colon cancer stem cells

Matilde Todaro, Giorgio Stassi, Mileidys Perez Alea, Alessandro Scopelliti, Giorgio Stassi, Jan Paul Medema, Matilde Todaro

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Abstract

Cancer stem cells are defined as cells able to both extensively selfrenewand differentiate into progenitors. Cancer stem cells are thuslikely to be responsible for maintaining or spreading a cancer, andmay be the most relevant targets for cancer therapy. The CD133glycoprotein was recently described as a reliable cancer stem-like cellmarker in colon carcinoma. CD133+ cells are both necessary andsufficient to initiate tumor growth in animal models. The CD133+cell population and spheroid cultures contain cells expressing the stemcell marker Musashi-1 which is involved in maintenance of stem cellfate in several tissues and importantly, this expression is maintainedin stem-like cells derived from xenografted tumors. Here we discussthe potential use of the CD133 antigen in concert with Musashi-1 asmarkers to identify the colon cancer stem cell population. Since theupregulation of IL-4 cytokine was recently demonstrated to constitutean important mechanism that protects the tumorigenic CD133+cells from apoptosis, the potential benefits of standard chemotherapeutictreatments in combination with IL-4 inhibitors in the contextof human colon carcinoma, are also discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)309-313
Numero di pagine5
RivistaCell Cycle
Volume7
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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