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Redox regulation in stem-like cancer cells by CD44 variant isoforms.
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PMID:  23334333     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Increasing evidence indicates that several types of solid tumor are hierarchically organized and sustained by a distinct population of cancer stem cells (CSCs). CSCs possess enhanced mechanisms of protection from stress induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS) that render them resistant to chemo- and radiotherapy. Expression of CD44, especially variant isoforms (CD44v) of this major CSC marker, contributes to ROS defense through upregulation of the synthesis of reduced glutathione (GSH), the primary intracellular antioxidant. CD44v interacts with and stabilizes xCT, a subunit of the cystine-glutamate transporter xc(-), and thereby promotes cystine uptake for GSH synthesis. Given that cancer cells are often exposed to high levels of ROS during tumor progression, the ability to avoid the consequences of such exposure is required for cancer cell survival and propagation in vivo. CSCs, in which defense against ROS is enhanced by CD44v are thus thought to drive tumor growth, chemoresistance and metastasis. Therapy targeted to the CD44v-xCT system may therefore impair the ROS defense ability of CSCs and thereby sensitize them to currently available treatments.Oncogene advance online publication, 21 January 2013; doi:10.1038/onc.2012.638.
O Nagano; S Okazaki; H Saya
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oncogene     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5594     ISO Abbreviation:  Oncogene     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8711562     Medline TA:  Oncogene     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Gene Regulation, Institute for Advanced Medical Research, School of Medicine, Keio University, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
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