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Molecular cancer research : MCR

The Tissue-Reconstructing Ability of Colon CSCs Is Enhanced by FK506 and Suppressed by GSK3 Inhibition.


PMID 28710230

Abstract

Cancer stem cells (CSC) are capable of reconstructing cancer tissues, are involved in both recurrence and metastasis, and contribute to therapeutic resistance. Therefore, elucidating the molecular mechanism in CSCs is important to successfully treat unresectable cancers. Previously, we observed that colon cancer stem-like cells can be induced from human colon cancer cell lines by retrovirally introducing OCT3/4, SOX2, and KLF4, and we have designated such cells as induced cancer stem cells (iCSC). In the current study, we used iCSCs to evaluate the molecular mechanism of colon CSCs and developed new methods to control them. The spheres that were derived