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Cancers 2010, 2(3), 1528-1554; doi:10.3390/cancers2031528
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A Quest for Initiating Cells of Head and Neck Cancer and Their Treatment

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Received: 21 June 2010; in revised form: 12 July 2010 / Accepted: 13 July 2010 / Published: 27 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomarkers: Oncology Studies)
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Abstract: The biology of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and other cancers have been related to cancer stem-like cells (CSC). Specific markers, which vary considerably depending on tumor type or tissue of origin, characterize CSC. CSC are cancer initiating, sustaining and mostly quiescent. Compared to bulk tumors, CSC are less sensitive to chemo- and radiotherapy and may have low immunogenicity. Therapeutic targeting of CSC may improve clinical outcome. HNSCC has two main etiologies: human papillomavirus, a virus infecting epithelial stem cells, and tobacco and alcohol abuse. Here, current knowledge of HNSCC-CSC biology is reviewed and parallels to CSC of other origin are drawn where necessary for a comprehensive picture.
Keywords: metastasis; stemness; ALDH1; Sox2; Nanog; Oct3/4; human papillomavirus; immunotherapy; chemoresistance; radioresistance; epithelial mesenchymal transition metastasis; stemness; ALDH1; Sox2; Nanog; Oct3/4; human papillomavirus; immunotherapy; chemoresistance; radioresistance; epithelial mesenchymal transition
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Chen, C.; Köberle, B.; Kaufmann, A.M.; Albers, A.E. A Quest for Initiating Cells of Head and Neck Cancer and Their Treatment. Cancers 2010, 2, 1528-1554.

AMA Style

Chen C, Köberle B, Kaufmann AM, Albers AE. A Quest for Initiating Cells of Head and Neck Cancer and Their Treatment. Cancers. 2010; 2(3):1528-1554.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Chen, Chao; Köberle, Beate; Kaufmann, Andreas M.; Albers, Andreas E. 2010. "A Quest for Initiating Cells of Head and Neck Cancer and Their Treatment." Cancers 2, no. 3: 1528-1554.



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