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Common molecular mechanisms of mammary gland development and breast cancer

Molyneux, G., Regan, J. and Smalley, Matthew John ORCID: 2007. Common molecular mechanisms of mammary gland development and breast cancer. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 64 (24) , pp. 3248-3260. 10.1007/s00018-007-7391-5

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The mammary gland undergoes major developmental changes during puberty and pregnancy. It is thought that stem cells drive mammary gland development during puberty and are responsible for tissue maintenance as well as the major growth and remodelling that occurs with every pregnancy. The use of sophisticated cell separation procedures has facilitated the prospective isolation of mammary epithelial stem and differentiated cell subpopulations from the mouse mammary gland, while studies of primary human breast cancers have described sub-populations of tumourigenic cells capable of initiating tumour growth in immuno-compromised mice. These potential tumour ‘stem cells’ constitute an important therapeutic target population with respect to cancer therapy, as these are likely to be the cells which maintain tumour growth. Understanding the origin of these cells, their relationship to breast cancer subtypes, and how and why they differ from normal breast stem cells will lead to a revolution in tumour understanding, treatment and prevention (Part of a Multi-author Review.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1420-682X
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2023 10:01

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