Cancer stem cells and pediatric solid tumors

Academic Article


  • Recently, a subpopulation of cells, termed tumor-initiating cells or tumor stem cells (TSC), has been identified in many different types of solid tumors. These TSC, which are typically more resistant to chemotherapy and radiation compared to other tumor cells, have properties similar to normal stem cells including multipotency and the ability to self-renew, proliferate, and maintain the neoplastic clone. Much of the research on TSC has focused on adult cancers. With considerable differences in tumor biology between adult and pediatric cancers, there may be significant differences in the presence, function and behavior of TSC in pediatric malignancies. We discuss what is currently known about pediatric solid TSC with specific focus on TSC markers, tumor microenvironment, signaling pathways, therapeutic resistance and potential future therapies to target pediatric TSC. © 2011 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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  • Cancers  Journal
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    Author List

  • Friedman GK; Gillespie GY
  • Start Page

  • 298
  • End Page

  • 318
  • Volume

  • 3
  • Issue

  • 1