Current Cancer Drug Targets

Ruiwen Zhang 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Amarillo, TX 79106


Role of TGF- β in the Tumor Stroma

Author(s): H. P.H. Naber, P. ten Dijke, E. Pardali.


Recent findings have demonstrated that the tumor stroma actively contributes to tumorigenesis. The communication of malignant cells and tumor stromal components is orchestrated in part by a network of growth factors. One of these growth factors is transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), a secreted multifunctional protein that acts in a highly cellular contextual manner. TGF-β can either stimulate or inhibit the tumor-promoting effects of the different components of the tumor stroma. In this review, we discuss our current understanding on how TGF-β influences different stromal compartments.

Keywords: TGF-β, tumor stroma, CAF, angiogenesis, immune cells

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Article Details

Year: 2008
Page: [466 - 472]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/156800908785699342
Price: $58