Special Issue "Cell Biology of Cancer Invasion"

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Cancer Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2023 | Viewed by 139

Special Issue Editor

Sasaki Institute, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: invadopodia; cell biology; cancer biology; cell culture; cell signaling; apoptosis; cell proliferation; western blot analysis; immunohistochemistry; flow cytometry; molecular cell biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The invasion of tumor cells is a prerequisite for metastasis, the most dreadful aspect of cancer. Cancer cells detach from the primary tumor and migrate through the tumor stroma to reach blood vessels, where they intravasate into the bloodstream. After cancer cells arrive at the distant organ, they extravasate and colonize to form secondary tumors. A dense extracellular matrix that acts as a physical barrier exists within the basement membrane, tumor stroma, and blood vessel walls. Therefore, the invasive activity of tumor cells, i.e., degradation of the extracellular matrix and coordinated migration, is necessary for cancer metastasis.

The acquisition of invasive phenotypes is induced by the activation of oncogenic signaling pathways and epithelial–mesenchymal transition. The invasion of tumor cells is mediated by the formation of cellular structures called invadopodia, dynamic reorganization of the cytoskeleton, secretion and focalization of matrix metalloproteinases, and remodeling of the extracellular matrix. Moreover, tumor microenvironments, such as fibrotic stroma and tumor stromal cells, including cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) and tumor-associated macrophages (TAM), are known to promote the invasion of tumor cells. Recent advances including genome sequencing, multi-omics analyses, gene-editing technology, and state-of-the-art microscopies have provided new insights into the mechanisms of cancer invasion.

This Special Issue invites original research articles and reviews that are related to cell biological aspects of cancer invasion, such as the topics described above.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Hideki Yamaguchi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • invasion
  • metastasis
  • intravasation
  • extravasation
  • invadopodia
  • tumor microenvironment
  • epithelial–mesenchymal transition
  • cell migration
  • cytoskeleton
  • cell adhesion
  • extracellular matrix
  • matrix metalloprotease
  • cancer-associated fibroblast
  • tumor-associated macrophage

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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