Tumour heterogeneity and cancer cell plasticity

Corbin E. Meacham, Sean J. Morrison

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Abstract

Phenotypic and functional heterogeneity arise among cancer cells within the same tumour as a consequence of genetic change, environmental differences and reversible changes in cell properties. Some cancers also contain a hierarchy in which tumorigenic cancer stem cells differentiate into non-tumorigenic progeny. However, it remains unclear what fraction of cancers follow the stem-cell model and what clinical behaviours the model explains. Studies using lineage tracing and deep sequencing could have implications for the cancer stem-cell model and may help to determine the extent to which it accounts for therapy resistance and disease progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-337
Number of pages10
JournalNature
Volume501
Issue number7467
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Tumour heterogeneity and cancer cell plasticity. / Meacham, Corbin E.; Morrison, Sean J.

In: Nature, Vol. 501, No. 7467, 2013, p. 328-337.

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Meacham, Corbin E. ; Morrison, Sean J. / Tumour heterogeneity and cancer cell plasticity. In: Nature. 2013 ; Vol. 501, No. 7467. pp. 328-337.
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