Developing Cures: Targeting Ontogenesis in Cancer

Academic Article


  • Cancer has long been known to histologically resemble developing embryonic tissue. Since this early observation, a mounting body of evidence suggests that cancer mimics or co-opts developmental processes to facilitate tumor initiation and progression. Programs important in both normal ontogenesis and cancer progression broadly fall into three domains: the lineage commitment of pluripotent stem cells, the appropriation of primordial mechanisms of cell motility and invasion, and the influence of multiple aspects of the microenvironment on the parenchyma. In this review we discuss how derangements in these developmental pathways drive cancer progression with a particular focus on how they have emerged as targets of novel treatment strategies.
  • Published In

  • Trends in Cancer  Journal
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    Author List

  • Lin VTG; Pruitt HC; Samant RS; Shevde LA
  • Start Page

  • 126
  • End Page

  • 136
  • Volume

  • 3
  • Issue

  • 2