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Cancer Cell. 2008 Sep 9;14(3):263-73. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2008.08.001.

Rapid chemotherapy-induced acute endothelial progenitor cell mobilization: implications for antiangiogenic drugs as chemosensitizing agents.

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  • 1Molecular and Cellular Biology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada.


Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain how antiangiogenic drugs enhance the treatment efficacy of cytotoxic chemotherapy, including impairing the ability of chemotherapy-responsive tumors to regrow after therapy. With respect to the latter, we show that certain chemotherapy drugs, e.g., paclitaxel, can rapidly induce proangiogenic bone marrow-derived circulating endothelial progenitor (CEP) mobilization and subsequent tumor homing, whereas others, e.g., gemcitabine, do not. Acute CEP mobilization was mediated, at least in part, by systemic induction of SDF-1alpha and could be prevented by various procedures such as treatment with anti-VEGFR2 blocking antibodies or paclitaxel treatment in CEP-deficient Id mutant mice, both of which resulted in enhanced antitumor effects mediated by paclitaxel, but not by gemcitabine.

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