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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Targeting Prostate Cancer Stem Cells

Author(s): Francesco Crea, Lesley A. Mathews, William L. Farrar and Elaine M. Hurt

Volume 9, Issue 10, 2009

Page: [1105 - 1113] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/187152009789735053

Price: $65


Cancer stem cells are the sub-population of cells present within tumors responsible for tumorigenesis. These cells have unique biological properties including self-renewal and the ability to differentiate. Furthermore, it is thought that these cells are more resistant to conventional chemotherapy and, as a result, are responsible for patient relapse. We will discuss the identification of prostate cancer stem cells, their unique properties and how these cells may be targeted for more efficacious therapies.

Keywords: Prostate, cancer stem cells, tumor-initiating cells, molecular therapies, transforming growth factor beta, hedgehog, notch, betacatenin

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