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Modeling Endometrial Cancer: Past, Present, and Future

Department of Oncology, Gynecological Oncology, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Pathological Oncology Group, Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida (IRBLLEIDA), University Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, 25198 Lleida, Spain
Biomedical Research Group in Gynecology, Vall Hebron Institute of Research, CIBERONC, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Centre for Gynecologic Oncology Amsterdam (CGOA), Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek-Netherlands Cancer Institute (Avl-NKI) and University Medical Centra (UMC), 1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(8), 2348;
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 31 July 2018 / Accepted: 3 August 2018 / Published: 9 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Research of Endometrial Pathophysiology)
Endometrial cancer is the most common type of cancer of the female reproductive tract. Although prognosis is generally good for patients with low-grade and early-stage diseases, the outcomes for high-grade and metastatic/recurrent cases remain poor, since traditional chemotherapy regimens based on platinum and taxanes have limited effects. No targeted agents have been approved so far, although several new drugs have been tested without striking results in clinical trials. Over the last decades, many efforts have been made towards the establishment and development of preclinical models, aiming at recapitulating the structural and molecular determinants of the disease. Here, we present an overview of the most commonly used in vitro and in vivo models and discuss their peculiar features, describing their main applications and the value in the advancement of both fundamental and translational endometrial cancer research. View Full-Text
Keywords: endometrial cancer; preclinical models; translational research endometrial cancer; preclinical models; translational research
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Van Nyen, T.; Moiola, C.P.; Colas, E.; Annibali, D.; Amant, F. Modeling Endometrial Cancer: Past, Present, and Future. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 2348.

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