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Current Cancer Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1568-0096
ISSN (Online): 1873-5576

Review Article

Cancer Stem Cells Equipped with Powerful Hedgehog Signaling and Better Epigenetic Memory: Avenues to Look for Cancer Therapeutics

Author(s): Ishita Tandon, Asawari Waghmode and Nilesh Kumar Sharma*

Volume 19 , Issue 11 , 2019

Page: [877 - 884] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1568009619666190808155432

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Complex nature of the tumor is depicted at the cellular landscape by showing heterogeneity in the presence of cancer cells, cancer-associated stromal cells, mesenchymal stem cells and cancer stem cells (CSCs). One of the plausible views in cancer formation is suggested as the theory of cancer CSCs that is known as a source of initiation of tumorigenesis. In essence, these powerful CSCs are equipped with high Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) signaling and epigenetic memory power that support various tumor hallmarks. Truly, nature justifies its intent by limiting these stem cells with a potential to turn into CSCs and in turn suppressing the high risk of humans and other organisms. In short, this mini-review addresses the contribution of SHH signaling to allow reprogramming of epigenetic memory within CSCs that support tumor hallmarks. Besides, this paper explores therapeutic approaches to mitigate SHH signaling that may lead to a blockade of the pro-tumor potential of CSCs.

Keywords: CSCs, epigenome, genome, inhibitors, neoplasm, sonic hedgehog signaling, therapeutics.

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