A shortcut for early macrophage recruitment into tumors by activated oncogenes

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Abstract

Macrophages play an important role in tumor promotion, usually acting as facilitators of cancer initiation and progression. However, it is not clear how macrophages impact early phases of tumorigenesis. Using genetically modified mouse models, Guo et al. (pp. 247–259) demonstrated that tumor-initiating cells with an activated Hippo pathway are able to recruit macrophages starting from the very early phases of cancer development, mainly through direct activation of genes encoding macrophage chemoattractants and survival factors. The recruited macrophages were of vital importance for protection of tumor-initiating cells against eradication by lymphocyte-mediated immune surveillance. Such a tight link between macrophages and a pathway controlling organ development and size may reflect the normal role of these cells in tissue morphogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-225
Number of pages3
JournalGenes and Development
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • Hippo pathway
  • Immunosurveillance
  • Liver cancer
  • Macrophage
  • Tumor-initiating cell
  • YAP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology

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