HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Cancer stem cells spur glioma angiogenesis, could hold key to brain tumor therapy

Philadelphia -- Stem cell-like glioma cancer cells that share many characteristics with normal stem cells propel the lethal growth of brain cancers by promoting tumor blood vessel formation, and may hold the key to treating these deadly cancers, a research team reported in the August 15th issue of Cancer Research.

Led by Jeremy Rich, M.D., associate professor at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, the researchers found that a small subset of glioma cells expressed higher levels of a growth factor associated with cancer cell growth. They believe this subset could be a target for new therapies against these intractable brain tumors.

Gliomas are the most common type of brain tumor, making up about half of all diagnosed primary (or non-metastatic) brain tumors. About 17,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor each year. Patients with the most aggressive glioma, called glioblastoma, have an average life expectancy of less than one year despite advances in cancer treatment. To better treat cancer patients, laboratories like those of Rich are trying to better understand the causes of tumor growth so that gliomas can be targeted with new drugs.

"Malignant brain tumors are highly lethal, despite aggressive surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy," said Dr. Rich. "We believe targeting the cancer stem cells of brain tumors may offer a novel therapy that will help to decrease the blood supply feeding a growing tumor, and therefore decrease or stop that tumor's growth."

Researchers from other laboratories recently determined that a small fraction of all the cells in a glioma have special characteristics similar to brain stem cells. These stem cell-like glioma cells form tumors when implanted in animals. As the ability to form new blood vessels (called angiogenesis) to supply blood carrying nutrients is critical in cancer growth, Dr. Rich's team studied if the formation of tu
'"/>

Contact: Warren Froelich
froelich@aacr.org
215-440-9300
American Association for Cancer Research
15-Aug-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Journalists can register now for ECCO 14 -- the European Cancer Conference
2. Cancer cures could work for canines and humans
3. The Cancer Genome Atlas awards funds for technology development
4. Cancer research specialist and HSPH professor awarded Medal of Honor from WHO cancer agency
5. Cancer stem cells similar to normal stem cells can thwart anti-cancer agents
6. Cancer stem cells can go it alone
7. Cancer drug enhances long-term memory
8. Cancer cells reprogram energy needs to grow and spread, study suggests
9. Cancer scientists create human leukemia process to map how disease begins, progresses
10. Cancer tip -- Nanoparticles can damage DNA, increase cancer risk
11. Other highlights from the April 18 Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/3/2017)...  Data captured by IsoCode, IsoPlexis Corporation,s ... statistically significant association between the potency of ... objective response of cancer patients post-treatment. The ... cancer patients will respond to CAR-T cell ... to improve both pre-infusion potency testing and cell ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... March 30, 2017 Trends, opportunities and forecast ... behavioral), by technology (fingerprint, AFIS, iris recognition, facial recognition, ... others), by end use industry (government and law enforcement, ... and banking, and others), and by region ( ... Asia Pacific , and the Rest ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... CENTRE, N.Y. , March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics ... Outpatient EMR Adoption Model sm . In addition, ... 12% of U.S. hospitals using an electronic medical ... CHS for its high level of EMR usage ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Today Aether announced that Aether and ... a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, to pursue a 3D ... Foundation, also known as the Gates Foundation, is said to be the largest transparently ...
(Date:8/17/2017)... ... August 17, 2017 , ... CNA Finance ... had provided a research update on Aytu Bioscience and cited promising increases in ... to Soulstring, prescription rates for Natesto® have more than doubled since March of ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... the Fluidnatek® Electrospinning and Electrospraying line of nanofiber ... from table-top equipment for the lab to fully automated pilot plants and ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Today, 3Bar ... has secured $2M in funding from an impressive group of investors, including Rev1 ... Thrive Fund. With this investment, 3Bar is broadening availability of its groundbreaking offering ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: