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Cancer microenvironment

Section edited by Davide Bedognetti

The Cancer microenvironment section publishes research on the cellular and molecular components of the cancer microenvironment, with a particular focus on translational research that has important implications for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human neoplasms.

Submissions that relate to the characterisation of the molecular profile and regulation of cancers at different tumour stages are especially welcome, as are those which identify specific cancer microenvironments that predict tumour incidence, response to therapy and outcome. Laboratory studies of new drugs and biological agents that target cancer microenvironments will also be considered.

Featured articles

Anovel non-hodgkin lymphoma murine model closer to the standard clinical scenario A novel non-Hodgkin lymphoma murine model closer to the standard clinical scenario
Thais Bascuas, et al


Impact of agin on host immune response and survival in melanomaImpact of aging on host immune response and survival in melanoma: an analysis of 3 patient cohorts
Sarah A. Weiss, et al


Differential tumour infiltration by T-Cells characterises intrinsic molecular subtypes in breast cancerDifferential tumor infiltration by T-cells characterizes intrinsic molecular subtypes in breast cancer
M. Miyan, J, et al

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  1. Content type: Research

    Chemokines have been recognized as important modulators of angiogenesis, and they play critical roles in the development and metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), although their origins and latent mole...

    Authors: Bing Zhu, Nan Lin, Min Zhang, Yong Zhu, Huanhuan Cheng, Shuxian Chen, Yunbiao Ling, Weidong Pan and Ruiyun Xu

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:365

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    To evaluate the influence of the progonistic nutritional index (PNI) and weight loss on metastasis and long-term mortality in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC).

    Authors: Xiao-Jing Du, Ling-Long Tang, Yan-Ping Mao, Rui Guo, Ying Sun, Ai-Hua Lin and Jun Ma

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:364

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    Glioblastoma is the most common and lethal type of primary brain tumor. β-Elemene, a natural plant drug extracted from Curcuma wenyujin, has shown strong anti-tumor effects in various tumors with low toxicity. Ho...

    Authors: Tingzhun Zhu, Xiaoming Li, Lihan Luo, Xiaogang Wang, Zhiqing Li, Peng Xie, Xu Gao, Zhenquan Song, Jingyuan Su and Guobiao Liang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:356

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  4. Content type: Research

    Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) is a powerful, multifaceted modifier of carcinogenesis. However, the clinical significance and biologic function of HSF1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remain unknown.

    Authors: Yuehua Liao, Ying Xue, Lin Zhang, Xinwei Feng, Wanli Liu and Ge Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:338

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  5. Content type: Research

    This study aimed to investigate the expression of CD147 and MMP-11 in human colorectal cancer (CRC) and to evaluate their clinical significance.

    Authors: Xiuyun Tian, Chunxiang Ye, Yongyong Yang, Xiaoya Guan, Bin Dong, Min Zhao and Chunyi Hao

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:337

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  6. Content type: Research

    Cisplatin is the main chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of cervical cancers, however resistance to cisplatin is increasingly common and therefore has limited the efficacy and use of this drug in the clin...

    Authors: Gina Leisching, Benjamin Loos, Matthys Botha and Anna-Mart Engelbrecht

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:328

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  7. Content type: Research

    Malignant pleural effusion resulting mainly from pleural metastases of lung adenocarcinoma has clinical relevance, being a sign of poor prognosis and low life expectancy. Experimental models can mimic the hum...

    Authors: Milena Marques Pagliarelli Acencio, Juliana Puka, Evaldo Marchi, Leila Antonangelo, Ricardo Mingarini Terra, Francisco Suso Vargas, Vera Luiza Capelozzi and Lisete Ribeiro Teixeira

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:302

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    An increasing number of studies have demonstrated that deregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) was a common event in tumor tissues and miRNAs would be treated as ideal tumor biomarkers or therapeutic targets. miR-1...

    Authors: Jian Wu, Alin Ji, Xiao Wang, Yi Zhu, Yasai Yu, Yiwei Lin, Yunfu Liu, Shiqi Li, Zhen Liang, Xin Xu, Xiangyi Zheng and Liping Xie

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:289

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  9. Content type: Research

    Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a cytokine that has a profound effect on cancer cells by stimulating migration and invasion and acting as an angiogenic factor. In lung cancer, the factor also plays a pivota...

    Authors: Wen G. Jiang, Lin Ye, Fiona Ruge, Sioned Owen, Tracey Martin, Ping-Hui Sun, Andrew J. Sanders, Jane Lane, Lucy Satherley, Hoi P. Weeks, Yong Gao, Cong Wei, Yiling Wu and Malcolm D. Mason

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:280

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    Various microRNAs (miRNAs) negatively modulate genes that are involved in cellular proliferation, differentiation, invasion, and apoptosis. In many types of cancer, the expression profiles of these miRNAs are ...

    Authors: MingHua Li, LinLi Tian, Hui Ren, XiaoXue Chen, Yu Wang, JingChun Ge, ShuLiang Wu, YaNan Sun, Ming Liu and Hui Xiao

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:271

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    Liver metastases appear in 20–30% of patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and represent a poor prognosis feature of NSCLC and a possibly more treatment-resistant condition. Potential clin...

    Authors: Eduardo Castañón, Christian Rolfo, David Viñal, Inés López, Juan P Fusco, Marta Santisteban, Patricia Martin, Leire Zubiri, José I Echeveste and Ignacio Gil-Bazo

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:257

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  12. Content type: Research

    Radioresistance is a challenge in the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Individuals display different therapeutic responses to preoperative radiotherapy, and the need of targeted therapies is...

    Authors: Lin Zheng, Yuqin Zhang, Yan Liu, Min Zhou, Yanxia Lu, Li Yuan, Chao Zhang, Min Hong, Shuang Wang and Xuenong Li

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:252

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    Carcinoma associated fibroblasts (CAFs), an important component of tumor microenvironment, are capable of enhancing tumor cells invasion and migration through initiation of epithelial–mesenchymal transition (E...

    Authors: Songming Ding, Guoliang Chen, Wu Zhang, Chunyang Xing, Xiao Xu, Haiyang Xie, Aili Lu, Kangjie Chen, Haijun Guo, Zhigang Ren, Shusen Zheng and Lin Zhou

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:237

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  14. Content type: Research

    We and others have extensively investigated the role of PARP-1 in cell growth and demise in response to pathophysiological cues. Most of the clinical trials on PARP inhibitors are targeting primarily estrogen ...

    Authors: Hogyoung Kim, Abdelmetalab Tarhuni, Zakaria Y Abd Elmageed and A Hamid Boulares

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:233

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    In this era of precision medicine, the deep and comprehensive characterization of tumor phenotypes will lead to therapeutic strategies beyond classical factors such as primary sites or anatomical staging. Rece...

    Authors: Anna Halama, Bella S Guerrouahen, Jennifer Pasquier, Ilhem Diboun, Edward D Karoly, Karsten Suhre and Arash Rafii

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:223

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    Cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) is the most studied element of the tumor microenvironment, although no relationship has been identified between expression of their related proteins and the metastasis site. ...

    Authors: Hye Min Kim, Woo Hee Jung and Ja Seung Koo

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:222

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  17. Content type: Research

    Oncolytic virotherapy is a novel approach for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) which is still a fatal disease. Pathologic features of GBM are characterized by the infiltration with microglia/macr...

    Authors: Christina Kober, Susanne Rohn, Stephanie Weibel, Ulrike Geissinger, Nanhai G Chen and Aladar A Szalay

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:216

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  18. Content type: Review

    Since the mid-1950’s, melanoma incidence has been rising steadily in industrialized Caucasian populations, thereby pointing to the pivotal involvement of environmental factors in melanomagenesis. Recent eviden...

    Authors: Bodo C Melnik

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:202

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    Oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) is still associated with a poor prognosis due to local recurrence and metastasis. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play an important role in the complex processe...

    Authors: Huan Li, Ji Zhang, Shu-Wei Chen, Lu-lu Liu, Lei Li, Fan Gao, Shi-Min Zhuang, Li-ping Wang, Yan Li and Ming Song

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:198

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  20. Content type: Review

    Adrenomedullin (AM) is a regulatory peptide whose involvement in tumour progression is becoming more relevant with recent studies. AM is produced and secreted by the tumour cells but also by numerous stromal c...

    Authors: Ignacio M Larráyoz, Sonia Martínez-Herrero, Josune García-Sanmartín, Laura Ochoa-Callejero and Alfredo Martínez

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:339

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  21. Content type: Review

    Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynaecologic malignancy. Despite progresses in chemotherapy and ultra-radical surgeries, this locally metastatic disease presents a high rate of local recurrence advocating for ...

    Authors: Cyril Touboul, Fabien Vidal, Jennifer Pasquier, Raphael Lis and Arash Rafii

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:271

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  22. Content type: Research

    We previously confirmed that propofol directly inhibited the viability, proliferation, and invasiveness of hepatocellular carcinoma cells in vitro. In this study, we investigated the mechanism underlying the anti...

    Authors: Jian Zhang, Wei-feng Shan, Te-te Jin, Guo-qing Wu, Xiao-xing Xiong, Hai-yan Jin and Sheng-mei Zhu

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:279

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  23. Content type: Research

    Human papillomavirus type-16 (HPV-16) E2 protein acts as a transcriptional modulator and plays a key role in regulating many biological responses. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship ...

    Authors: Zheng-lin Chen, Ya-juan Su, Hui-lin Zhang, Ping-qing Gu and Ling-juan Gao

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:286

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    Aberrant AKT activation contributes to gastric cancer cell survival and chemotherapy resistance, however its regulation is poorly understood. microRNAs have been established to be important regulators in gastr...

    Authors: Wei Kang, Joanna HM Tong, Raymond WM Lung, Yujuan Dong, Weiqin Yang, Yi Pan, Kin Mang Lau, Jun Yu, Alfred SL Cheng and Ka Fai To

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:281

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  25. Content type: Research

    Although several studies suggest that stromal fibroblasts mediate treatment resistance in several cancer types, little is known about how tumor-associated astrocytes modulate the treatment response in brain tu...

    Authors: Ning Yang, Tao Yan, Huaiyang Zhu, Xiao Liang, Lina Leiss, Per Øystein Sakariassen, Kai Ove Skaftnesmo, Bin Huang, Daniela Elena Costea, Per Øyvind Enger, Xingang Li and Jian Wang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:278

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  26. Content type: Research

    Galectin-3, a member of the beta-galactoside-binding lectin family, is a multifunctional protein with various biological functions, including the proliferation and differentiation of tumor cells, angiogenesis,...

    Authors: Shan-Shan Jiang, De-Sheng Weng, Qi-Jing Wang, Ke Pan, Yao-Jun Zhang, Yong-Qiang Li, Jian-Jun Li, Jing-Jing Zhao, Jia He, Lin Lv, Qiu-Zhong Pan and Jian-Chuan Xia

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:273

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  27. Content type: Research

    The omentum is one of the initial sites for peritoneal metastasis because it possesses milky spots that provide a microenvironment for cancer cells to readily migrate and grow into micrometastases. This study ...

    Authors: Liang Cao, Xiang Hu, Jian Zhang, Gang Huang and Yi Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:267

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  28. Content type: Research

    EGFR-targeted therapy is an attractive option for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients. We have recently reported the use of EGFR inhibitors as an adjunct treatment to enhance HLA-DR expression in tu...

    Authors: Takumi Kumai, Kensuke Oikawa, Naoko Aoki, Shoji Kimura, Yasuaki Harabuchi, Esteban Celis and Hiroya Kobayashi

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:265

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    Recently, miR-10b is identified as a miRNA highly expressed in many human cancers, promoting cell migration and invasion. However, the specific function of miR-10b in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is unclear ...

    Authors: Cheng-gong Liao, Ling-min Kong, Ping Zhou, Xiu-li Yang, Jian-guo Huang, He-long Zhang and Ning Lu

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:234

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    Angiogenesis plays a pivotal role in malignant tumour growth and the metastatic process. We analysed the prognostic value of two angiogenesis parameters, microRNA-126 (miRNA-126) and microvessel density (MVD),...

    Authors: Torben Frøstrup Hansen, Sanne Kjær-Frifeldt, Søren Morgenthaler, Thorarinn Blondal, Jan Lindebjerg, Anders Jakobsen and Flemming Brandt Sørensen

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:254

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  31. Content type: Research

    The treatment of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) following early detection is associated with good outcomes. Therefore, the survival and prognosis of OSCC patients could be hugely improved by identifying r...

    Authors: Yi-Hui Lai, Ru-Yin He, Jian-Liang Chou, Michael W-Y Chan, Yu-Fen Li and Chien-Kuo Tai

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:237

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  32. Content type: Research

    Expression of the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) LOC285194 was previously shown to be correlated with aggressive clinicopathological features and poor prognosis in several cancers. The aim of the present study w...

    Authors: Yu-suo Tong, Xi-lei Zhou, Xiao-wei Wang, Qing-quan Wu, Tong-xin Yang, Jin Lv, Jin-song Yang, Bin Zhu and Xiu-feng Cao

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:233

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  33. Content type: Research

    Epithelial ovarian carcinoma is the most lethal gynecological cancer due to its silent onset and recurrence with resistance to chemotherapy. Overexpression of oncogene c-Myc is one of the most frequently encou...

    Authors: Jiandong Wang, Xiaoli Ma, Hannah M Jones, Leo Li-Ying Chan, Fang Song, Weiyuan Zhang, Victoria L Bae-Jump and Chunxiao Zhou

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:226

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  34. Content type: Research

    Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is the major histological type of esophageal cancer in developing countries. The prognosis and survival rate of ESCC are very poor. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have e...

    Authors: Heping Li, Dayong Zheng, Bing Zhang, Liangshuai Liu, Junwei Ou, Wei Chen, Shiqiu Xiong, Yong Gu and Jianyong Yang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:196

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  35. Content type: Research

    Inflammatory factors play a vital role in the progression of liver cancer, although exact factors and related mechanisms still remain unclear. The present study aimed at screening inflammatory factors related ...

    Authors: Xiaojing Xu, Peixin Huang, Biwei Yang, Xiangdong Wang and Jinglin Xia

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:193

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  36. Content type: Research

    As a surface glycoprotein, CD147 is capable of stimulating the production of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) from neighboring fibroblasts. The aim of the present study is to explore the role of soluble CD147 ...

    Authors: Jiao Wu, Zhi-Wei Hao, You-Xu Zhao, Xiang-Min Yang, Hao Tang, Xin Zhang, Fei Song, Xiu-Xuan Sun, Bin Wang, Gang Nan, Zhi-Nan Chen and Huijie Bian

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:190

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  37. Content type: Research

    Disulfiram (DS), an anti-alcoholism drug, demonstrates strong antitumor activity in a copper (Cu)-dependent manner. This study investigates the cytotoxicity of DS/Cu complex in lymphoid malignant cell lines in vi...

    Authors: Jie Zha, Feili Chen, Huijuan Dong, Pengcheng Shi, Yao Yao, Yanyan Zhang, Rongwei Li, Shiyun Wang, Peng Li, Weiguang Wang and Bing Xu

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:163

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  38. Content type: Research

    Tumour budding (TB), lymphatic vessel density (LVD) and lymphatic vessel invasion (LVI) have shown promise as prognostic factors in colorectal cancer (CRC) but reproducibility using conventional histopathology...

    Authors: Peter D Caie, Arran K Turnbull, Susan M Farrington, Anca Oniscu and David J Harrison

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:156

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  39. Content type: Research

    Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) induces a variety of biological processes through transcriptional gene control whose products are components in various signaling pathways. MicroRNAs are a small endogenous non-coding...

    Authors: Jian Zhang, Haidong Wu, Pu Li, Yanzheng Zhao, Min Liu and Hua Tang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:155

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  40. Content type: Research

    The goal of this study was to investigate the expression of sarcosine metabolism-related proteins, namely glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT), sarcosine dehydrogenase (SARDH), and l-pipecolic acid oxidase (PIPOX),...

    Authors: Ja Kyung Yoon, Do Hee Kim and Ja Seung Koo

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:149

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  41. Content type: Research

    Anti-angiogenic therapy inhibits tumor growth and is considered as a potential clinical therapy for malignant glioma. However, inevitable recurrences and unexpected tumor resistance, particularly increased inv...

    Authors: Cheng-Shi Xu, Ze-Fen Wang, Li-Ming Dai, Sheng-Hua Chu, Ling-Ling Gong, Ming-Huan Yang and Zhi-Qiang Li

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:148

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  42. Content type: Research

    The use of autoantibodies for the early detection of breast cancer has generated much interest as antibodies can be readily assayed in serum when antigen levels are low. Ideally, diagnostic autoantibodies woul...

    Authors: Jianning Mao, Jon Ladd, Ekram Gad, Lauren Rastetter, Melissa M Johnson, Edmond Marzbani, Jennifer S Childs, Hailing Lu, Yushe Dang, Elizabeth Broussard, Sasha E Stanton, Sam M Hanash and Mary L Disis

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:121

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  43. Content type: Research

    Soft tissue sarcomas (STSs) are a group of neoplasms, which, despite current therapeutic advances, still confer a poor outcome to half of the patients. As other solid tumors, STSs exhibit high glucose consumpt...

    Authors: Céline Pinheiro, Valter Penna, Filipa Morais-Santos, Lucas F Abrahão-Machado, Guilherme Ribeiro, Emílio C Curcelli, Marcus V Olivieri, Sandra Morini, Isabel Valença, Daniela Ribeiro, Fernando C Schmitt, Rui M Reis and Fátima Baltazar

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:118

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  44. Content type: Research

    We studied whether thymidylate synthase (TS) genotype has an independent prognostic/predictive impact on a European population of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients receiving pemetrexed.

    Authors: Estefanía Arévalo, Eduardo Castañón, Inés López, Josefa Salgado, Víctor Collado, Marta Santisteban, María Rodríguez-Ruiz, Patricia Martín, Leire Zubiri, Ana Patiño-García, Christian Rolfo and Ignacio Gil-Bazo

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:98

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  45. Content type: Research

    Reliable prognostic markers based on biopsy specimens of colorectal cancer (CRC) are currently missing. We hypothesize that assessment of T-cell infiltration in biopsies of CRC may predict patient survival and...

    Authors: Viktor H Koelzer, Alessandro Lugli, Heather Dawson, Marion Hädrich, Martin D Berger, Markus Borner, Makhmudbek Mallaev, José A Galván, Jennifer Amsler, Beat Schnüriger, Inti Zlobec and Daniel Inderbitzin

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:81

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  46. Content type: Research

    Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling functions as a suppressor or a promoter in tumor development, depending on the tumor stage and type. However, the role of TGF-β signaling in nonfunctioning pituit...

    Authors: Li Zhenye, Li Chuzhong, Wu Youtu, Lan Xiaolei, Cao Lei, Hong Lichuan, Wang Hongyun, Wu Yonggang, Wang Fei and Zhang Yazhuo

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:71

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  47. Content type: Research

    The cross talk between the stroma and cancer cells plays a major role in phenotypic modulation. During peritoneal carcinomatosis ovarian cancer cells interact with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) resulting in inc...

    Authors: Raphael Lis, Cyril Touboul, Najeeb M Halabi, Abishek Sainath Madduri, Denis Querleu, Jason Mezey, Joel A Malek, Karsten Suhre and Arash Rafii

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:59

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