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Cancer Lett. 2009 Jun 28;279(1):8-12. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2008.09.030. Epub 2008 Nov 20.

Emerging role of Notch in stem cells and cancer.

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Department of Pathology, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 9374 Scott Hall, 540 E Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201, United States.

Abstract

The Notch signaling pathway is known to be responsible for maintaining a balance between cell proliferation and death and, as such, plays important roles in the formation of many types of human tumors. Recently, Notch signaling pathway has been shown to control stem cell self-renewal and multi-potency. As many cancers are thought to be developed from a number of cancer stem-like cells, which are also known to be linked with the acquisition of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT); and thus suggesting an expanding role of Notch signaling in human tumor progression.

PMID:
19022563
PMCID:
PMC2699045
DOI:
10.1016/j.canlet.2008.09.030
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