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Exploring the crosstalk between inflammation and epithelial-mesenchymal transition in cancer


Chattopadhyay, I and Ambati, R and Gundamaraju, R, Exploring the crosstalk between inflammation and epithelial-mesenchymal transition in cancer, Mediators of Inflammation pp. 1-13. ISSN 0962-9351 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2021 Indranil Chattopadhyay et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1155/2021/9918379


Tumor cells undergo invasion and metastasis through epithelial-to-mesenchymal cell transition (EMT) by activation of alterations in extracellular matrix (ECM) protein-encoding genes, enzymes responsible for the breakdown of ECM, and activation of genes that drive the transformation of the epithelial cell to the mesenchymal type. Inflammatory cytokines such as TGFβ, TNFα, IL-1, IL-6, and IL-8 activate transcription factors such as Smads, NF-κB, STAT3, Snail, Twist, and Zeb that drive EMT. EMT drives primary tumors to metastasize in different parts of the body. T and B cells, dendritic cells (DCs), and tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) which are present in the tumor microenvironment induce EMT. The current review elucidates the interaction between EMT tumor cells and immune cells under the microenvironment. Such complex interactions provide a better understanding of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis and in defining the aggressiveness of the primary tumors. Anti-inflammatory molecules in this context may open new therapeutic options for the better treatment of tumor progression. Targeting EMT and the related mechanisms by utilizing natural compounds may be an important and safe therapeutic alternative in the treatment of tumor growth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Cancer therapy (excl. chemotherapy and radiation therapy)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Gundamaraju, R (Mr Rohit Gundamaraju)
ID Code:146235
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-08-26
Last Modified:2021-09-22
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