Stem cells, cancer, and cancer stem cells.


Journal Article (Review)

Stem cell biology has come of age. Unequivocal proof that stem cells exist in the haematopoietic system has given way to the prospective isolation of several tissue-specific stem and progenitor cells, the initial delineation of their properties and expressed genetic programmes, and the beginnings of their utility in regenerative medicine. Perhaps the most important and useful property of stem cells is that of self-renewal. Through this property, striking parallels can be found between stem cells and cancer cells: tumours may often originate from the transformation of normal stem cells, similar signalling pathways may regulate self-renewal in stem cells and cancer cells, and cancer cells may include 'cancer stem cells' - rare cells with indefinite potential for self-renewal that drive tumorigenesis.

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Cited Authors

  • Reya, T; Morrison, SJ; Clarke, MF; Weissman, IL

Published Date

  • November 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 414 / 6859

Start / End Page

  • 105 - 111

PubMed ID

  • 11689955

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11689955

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-4687

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-0836

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/35102167


  • eng