Vasculogenic mimicry was first described as the unique ability of aggressive melanoma cells to express an endothelial phenotype and to form vessel-like networks in three dimensional cultures, “mimicking” the pattern of embryonic vascular networks and recapitulating the patterned networks seen in patients with aggressive tumors correlated with poor prognosis. Recent work shows the occurrence of alternative vasculogenic patterns is due to the presence of stem cell population (cancer stem cells, CSC) at least in melanoma and glioblastoma. In the present review the new perspectives to target vasculogenic mimicry for an anti-vascular treatment strategy and the possible use of AQP1 as target, are discussed. Interest in AQP1 as a target arises from the pivotal role it plays in the organisation of vascular network affecting the cytoskeleton.
|Titolo:||Transdifferentiation of cancer stem cells into endothelial cells|
|Parole Chiave:||vasculogenic mimicry; malignant-melanoma; uveal melanoma; ciliary body; vascularization; Aangiogenesis; networkers; patterns; channel; loops|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.2478/s11535-011-0055-3|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|