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Stem-Like Epithelial Cells are Concentrated in the Distal End of the Fallopian Tube: A Site for Injury and Serous Cancer Initiation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22911892     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The reproductive role of the fallopian tube is to transport the sperm and egg. The tube is positioned to act as a bridge between the ovary where the egg is released and the uterus where implantation occurs. Throughout reproductive years the fallopian tube epithelium undergoes repetitive damage and regeneration. Although a reservoir of adult epithelial stem cells must exist to replenish damaged cells, they remain unidentified. Here we report isolation of a subset of basally located human fallopian tube epithelia (FTE) that lack markers of ciliated (β-tubulin; TUBB4) or secretory (PAX8) differentiated cells. These undifferentiated cells expressed cell surface antigens: epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EPCAM), CD44, and integrin alpha-6 (ITGA6). This fallopian tube epithelial subpopulation was five-fold enriched for cells capable of clonal growth and self renewal suggesting that they contain the fallopian tube epithelial stem-like cells (FTESC). A two-fold enrichment of the FTESC was found in the distal compared to the proximal end of the tube. The distal fimbriated end of the fallopian tube is a well characterized locus for initiation of serous carcinomas. An expansion of the cells expressing markers of FTESC was detected in tubal intraepithelial carcinomas (TIC) and in fallopian tubes from patients with invasive serous cancer. These findings suggest that FTESC may play a role in the initiation of serous tumors. Characterization of these stem-like cells will provide new insight into how the fallopian tube epithelia regenerate, respond to injury and may initiate cancer.
Daniel Y Paik; Deanna M Janzen; Amanda M Schafenacker; Victor S Velasco; May S Shung; Donghui Cheng; Jiaoti Huang; Owen N Witte; Sanaz Memarzadeh
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1549-4918     ISO Abbreviation:  Stem Cells     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9304532     Medline TA:  Stem Cells     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 AlphaMed Press.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
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