Pancreatic stellate cells and pancreatic cancer cells: An unholy alliance
Vonlaufen, A., Phillips, P. A., Xu, Z., Goldstein, D., Pirola, R. C., Wilson, J. S., et al. (2008). Pancreatic stellate cells and pancreatic cancer cells: An unholy alliance. Cancer Research, 68(19), 7707-7710. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-1132
Pancreatic cancer—a tumor displaying a particularly abundant stromal reaction—is notorious for its poor prognosis. Recent studies, via newly developed orthotopic models, provide compelling evidence of an important role for pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) in pancreatic cancer progression. Characterization of the mechanisms mediating PSC-cancer interactions will lead to the development of much needed alternative therapeutic approaches to improve disease outcome.