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Cancers 2010, 2(4), 2058-2083; doi:10.3390/cancers2042058

Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Pancreatic Carcinoma

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1 Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University of Ulm, 89081 Ulm, Germany 2 Institute of Molecular Pathology, 1030 Vienna, Austria These authors contributed equally.
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Received: 9 November 2010 / Revised: 1 December 2010 / Accepted: 1 December 2010 / Published: 9 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pancreatic Cancer)
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Pancreatic carcinoma is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death and is characterized by early invasion and metastasis. The developmental program of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is of potential importance for this rapid tumor progression. During EMT, tumor cells lose their epithelial characteristics and gain properties of mesenchymal cells, such as enhanced motility and invasive features. This review will discuss recent findings pertinent to EMT in pancreatic carcinoma. Evidence for and molecular characteristics of EMT in pancreatic carcinoma will be outlined, as well as the connection of EMT to related topics, e.g., cancer stem cells and drug resistance.
Keywords: pancreatic adenocarcinoma; epithelial-mesenchymal transition; tumor progression; cancer stem cells; chemoresistance pancreatic adenocarcinoma; epithelial-mesenchymal transition; tumor progression; cancer stem cells; chemoresistance
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Maier, H.J.; Wirth, T.; Beug, H. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Pancreatic Carcinoma. Cancers 2010, 2, 2058-2083.

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