Laminins and cancer stem cells: Partners in crime?

Qin Y., Rodin S., Simonson O.E., Hollande F.

Seminars in Cancer Biology, 2016

A review that discusses the role of laminin as a regulator of cancer stem cells, in tumor progression and drug resistance. A growing body of literature suggests that laminins may act as regulators of cancer stem cells, a tumor cell subpopulation that plays an instrumental role in long-term cancer maintenance, metastasis development, and therapeutic resistance. The accumulating evidence in this emerging research area suggests that laminins represent potential therapeutic targets for anti-cancer treatments against cancer stem cells and that they may be used as predictive and prognostic markers to inform clinical management and improve patient survival.

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