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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(12), 30015-30033; doi:10.3390/ijms161226215

Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Mediated Effects of Tumor Support or Suppression

Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, College of Health Sciences, Yonsei University, 1 Yonseidae-gil, Wonju 26493, Korea
Department of Hematology-Oncology, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju 26426, Korea
Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering Center, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju 26426, Korea
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: William Chi-shing Cho
Received: 23 September 2015 / Revised: 27 November 2015 / Accepted: 1 December 2015 / Published: 16 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Molecular Oncology)
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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can exhibit a marked tropism towards site of tumors. Many studies have reported that tumor progression and metastasis increase by MSCs. In contrast, other studies have shown that MSCs suppress growth of tumors. MSCs contribute to tumor growth promotion by several mechanisms: (1) transition to tumor-associated fibroblasts; (2) suppression of immune response; (3) promotion of angiogenesis; (4) stimulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT); (5) contribution to the tumor microenvironment; (6) inhibition of tumor cell apoptosis; and (7) promotion of tumor metastasis. In contrast to the tumor-promoting properties, MSCs inhibit tumor growth by increasing inflammatory infiltration, inhibiting angiogenesis, suppressing Wnt signaling and AKT signaling, and inducing cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. In this review, we will discuss potential mechanisms by which MSC mediates tumor support or suppression and then the possible tumor-specific therapeutic strategies using MSCs as delivery vehicles, based on their homing potential to tumors. View Full-Text
Keywords: mesenchymal stem cells; tumor microenvironment; homing; delivery vehicles mesenchymal stem cells; tumor microenvironment; homing; delivery vehicles

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Rhee, K.-J.; Lee, J.I.; Eom, Y.W. Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Mediated Effects of Tumor Support or Suppression. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 30015-30033.

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