Special Issue "Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts"
A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2015)
Dr. Huey-Jen Lin
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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Interests: DNA methylation; cancer invasion and metastasis in breast and pancreatic cancers; carcinoma-associated fibroblasts; epithelial-mesenchymal transition; AKT signaling pathway
During cancer progression, tumor cells secrete signaling molecules that influence the surrounding non-malignant cells that are collectively known as stroma or tumor microenvironment. Tumor stromal cells further favor tumor cell growth, survival, migration, invasion, micro-metastasis and colonization, as well as initiation of blood brain barrier transmigration. The malignant properties of growth, invasiveness, metastasis, and susceptibility to chemotherapeutic drugs are determined not only by cancer cells themselves, but also by the stromal microenvironment. Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are the most active secretory and abundant population among the non-cancerous stromal cells, and CAFs are often associated with poor clinical prognosis. CAFs actively participate in tumor growth and metastasis by production of growth factors, metaloproteases, cytokines, chemokines, microRNA and the release of pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic factors. The roles that CAFs play during the initiation and progression of carcinogenesis are thought to be of critical importance, both for the enhanced understanding of fundamental cancer biology as well as for improving molecular diagnostics and therapeutics. Stromal fibroblasts have become one of the important predictors of disease-related mortality or efficacy of drug treatment. This Special Issue focuses on novel advances in understanding how CAFs provide cancer cells with a supportive microenvironment, as well as on the development of novel therapeutic regimens by abrogating the vicious cycle of tumor-stromal interactions.
Dr. Huey-Jen Lin
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- cancer-associated fibroblasts
- signal transduction pathways
- susceptibility to anti-cancer drugs
- tumor microenvironment
- tumor invasion and metastasis