Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Mol Cancer Ther. 2007 Oct;6(10):2609-17.

Molecular biology of bone metastasis.

Author information

  • 1University of Virginia Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.


Metastasis is a final stage of tumor progression. Breast and prostate cancer cells preferentially metastasize to bone, wherein they cause incurable osteolytic and osteoblastic lesions. The bone matrix is rich in factors, such as transforming growth factor-beta and insulin-like growth factors, which are released into the tumor microenvironment by osteolysis. These factors stimulate the growth of tumor cells and alter their phenotype, thus promoting a vicious cycle of metastasis and bone pathology. Physical factors within the bone microenvironment, including low oxygen levels, acidic pH, and high extracellular calcium concentrations, may also enhance tumor growth. These elements of the microenvironment are potential targets for chemotherapeutic intervention to halt tumor growth and suppress bone metastasis.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk