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EMBO Rep. 2011 May;12(5):470-6. doi: 10.1038/embor.2011.39. Epub 2011 Apr 1.

Secreted factors from brain endothelial cells maintain glioblastoma stem-like cell expansion through the mTOR pathway.

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  • 1INSERM U1016, Institut Cochin, 22 rue Mechain, 75014 Paris.


Glioma stem-cells are associated with the brain vasculature. However, the way in which this vascular niche regulates stem-cell renewal and fate remains unclear. Here, we show that factors emanating from brain endothelial cells positively control the expansion of long-term glioblastoma stem-like cells. We find that both pharmacological inhibition of and RNA interference with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway reduce their spheroid growth. Conversely, the endothelial secretome is sufficient to promote this mTOR-dependent survival. Thus, interfering with endothelial signals might present opportunities to identify treatments that selectively target malignant stem-cell niches.

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