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A surprise cell of origin for Barrett's esophagus.
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PMID:  22549156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Barrett's esophagus is a metaplasia of the distal esophagus that is the only recognized precursor of esophageal adenocarcinoma. Despite a characteristic histology, the pathogenesis of Barrett's has remained obscure. A recent paper from the laboratories of Wa Xian and Frank McKeon presents evidence for a novel cell of origin of Barrett's. Their work is based on studies of mice engineered to lack the squamous epithelial stem cell survival factor p63. These mice develop a metaplasia of the proximal stomach and esophagus that harbors substantial histological and molecular features of Barrett's. The metaplasia appears to form from embryonic progenitor cells that normally persists post-natally only at the squamo-columnar junction. Moreover, in their model, the metaplasia is initiated not by mutation but by reduced competition between these cells and squamous epithelial cells.
Urs von Holzen; Greg H Enders
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer biology & therapy     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1555-8576     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-5-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101137842     Medline TA:  Cancer Biol Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Surgery; University Hospital Basel; Basel, Switzerland;
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