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Biomedical Sciences - Cancer Research | The Tumor Microenvironment

The Tumor Microenvironment

Bagley, Rebecca G. (Ed.)

2010, XVIII, 770 p.

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  • Explains role of the tumor microenvironment as dramatically influencing the course of tumor development and dissemination
  • Represents a superb compilation of the latest thoughts and data regarding the role of each essential component of the tumor microenvironment
  • In-depth chapters written by known professionals in the field
The field of cancer biology and developmental therapeutics is continually evolving as new methodologies are developed and new targets are discovered. Although multiple therapeutics directly target the malignant cells these drugs rarely prevent recurrence of disease or the progression of metastasis. The complex biology of tumors presents challenges in designing treatments that will eliminate the malignant cells as well as the supporting network of vasculature and stroma that allows for the comparison of tumors to developing organs in embryos. In addition to blood vessels and malignant cells, tumors consist of fibroblasts, immune and inflammatory cells, and a myriad of proteins that comprise the extracellular matrix. Effective eradication of malignant disease requires therapeutic strategies that factor in targeting the tumor microenvironment. In the past decade, a new class of anticancer drugs has emerged that interferes with tumor angiogenesis; however the clinical benefit from treatment with the first generation antiangiogenic agents added to the standard of care is often modest. Thus, there remains a critical need to understand the tumor microenvironment and to develop anti-cancer therapies that address this aspect of malignant disease. The first edition of The Tumor Microenvironment is intended to give a current perspective on the role of the tumor microenvironment in malignant progression and detail strategies for novel therapies directed towards the cellular matrix. This book explores the many biological and physiological aspects of the tumor as a tissue and includes chapters on the variety of cells that influence tumor growth and spread as well as the cell-associated and soluble proteins that can promote invasion and metastasis. Several chapters describe endothelial cells and pericytes that form tumor vasculature. Insights into the role of progenitor and stem cells are included. The contribution of the supporting stroma is addressed in addition to cell-cell signaling and cell-matrix interactions. Additional chapters describe the influence of infiltrating cells of the immune system on tumor growth. The Tumor Microenvironment is the definitive text detailing cutting edge research by experts in the field and will be a valued resource in the study of this important area of cancer biology for many years to come.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Chemokine - DNA - angiogenesis - cancer therapy - carcinogenesis - carcinoma - cell - immunotherapy - lymphocytes - macrophages - metastasis - methylation - research - tumor - tumor growth

Related subjects » Cancer Research - Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Preface Bruce Zetter, PhD Table of Contents: PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS 1. Combination Strategies Targeting Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 (HIF-1) for Cancer Therapy Annamaria Rapisarda, PhD and Giovanni Melillo, MD 2. New Insights into Regulation of Tumor pH by Carbonic Anhydrases Pawel Swietach,DPhil, Adrian L. Harris, DPhil/MBChB, and Richard D. Vaughan-Jones1,PhD 3. Hypoxia, Gene Expression and Metastasis Olga V. Razorenova, PhD and Amato J. Giaccia, PhD 4. Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Expression and Function of Cancer-Associated Carbonic Anhydrase IX Jaromir Pastorek, PhD and Silvia Pastorekova, PhD 5. Glycolytic Pathway as a Target for Tumor Inhibition Weiqin Lu, PhD and Peng Huang, MD/PhD CELLULAR COMPONENTS I. MALIGNANT CELLS 6. Aberrant DNA Methylation in Cancer Cells Toshikazu Ushijima, MD/PhD 7. DNA Repair and Redox Signaling Mark R. Kelley, PhD, Millie M Georgiadis, PhD, and Melissa L. Fishel, PhD 8. Cancer Stem Cells and Microenvironment Mario Federico, MD and Antonio Giordano, MD/PhD 9. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Development and Diseases Yadi Wu,PhD and Binhua P. Zhou, MD/PhD 10. Invasion and Metastasis Douglas M. Noonan, PhD, Giuseppina Pennesi, MD, and Adriana Albini, PhD 11. Dormancy of Disseminated Tumor Cells: Reciprocal Crosstalk with the Microenvironment Paloma Bragado, PhD, Aparna C. Ranganathan, PhD, and Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD II. VASCULATURE AND STROMA 12. Impact of Endothelial Progenitor Cells on Tumor Angiogenesis and Outcome of Antiangiogenic Therapy: New Perspectives on an Ongoing Controversy Robert S. Kerbel1, PhD, Francesco Bertolini, MD/PhD, and Yuval Shaked, PhD 13. Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cells and Tumor Growth Pravin J. Mishra, MS and Debabrata Banerjee, PhD 14. Integrin Signaling in Lymphangiogenesis Barbara Garmy-Susini, PhD 15. Role of Pericytes in Resistance to Anti-Angiogenic Therapy Koji Matsuo, MD, Chunhua Lu1, MD/PhD Mian M K. Shazad, MS/MD, Robert L. Coleman,MD, and Anil K. Sood, MD 16. Tumour-Promoting Stromal Fibroblasts in Human Carcinomas Urszula M. Polanska, Msc/PhD, Kieran T. Mellody, BSc./MPhil., and Akira Orimo, MD/PhD* III. IMMUNE-MEDIATED CELLS 17. Mast cells and tumor microenvironment Theoharis C. Theoharides, MS/MD/PhD, Konstantinos-Dionysios Alysandratos, MD, Asimenia Angelidou, MD, and Bodi Zhang, MD/MPH 18. Macrophages in the Tumor Microenvironment Monica Escorcio-Correia, PhD and Thorsten Hagemann, MD/PhD 19. The Prognostic Significance of Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes Ping Yu, MD/PhD and Yang-Xin Fu, MD/PhD 20. The Pro-Inflammatory Milieu and Pre-Malignant Epithelial Initiation Adam Yagui-Beltran, MD, Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, Qizi Tang, PhD, and David Jablons, MD 21. Natural Killer Cells for Adoptive Immunotherapy Jonathan E. Benjamin, MD/PhD and Sally Arai, MD EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX 22. Fibronectin Andreas Menrad, PhD 23. Collagen in Cancer Janelle L. Lauer, PhD and Gregg B. Fields, PhD 24. Integrins and Cancer Laurie G. Hudson,PhD and M. Sharon Stack, PhD 25. Matrix Metalloproteinases and Cancer Cell Invasion/Metastasis Stanley Zucker, MD and Jian Cao, PhD 26. Tetraspanins and Cancer Metastasis Margot Zoller, PhD SECRETED PROTEINS 27. Chemokines and Metastasis Kalyan C. Nannuru, PhD, Seema Singh, PhD, and Rakesh K. Singh, PhD 28. Transforming Growth Factor-? in Lung Cancer, Carcinogenesis and Metastasis Sonia B. Jakowlew, PhD 29. Cooperative Interactions Between Integrins and Growth Factors in Pathological Angiogenesis Jennifer M. Roth, MS, Eric Tweedie, BS, and Peter C. Brooks, PhD 30. The Extracellular Matrix and the Growth and Survival of Tumors Yves DeClerck, MD 31. Secreted Growth Factors as Therapeutic Targets Beverly A. Teicher, PhD 32. Adrenomedullin in Tumor Development Rebecca G. Bagley, MS

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