Mast cells and angiogenesis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Vito Longo, Roberto Tamma, Oronzo Brunetti, Salvatore Pisconti, Antonella Argentiero, Nicola Silvestris, Domenico Ribatti

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Mast cells are recognized as critical components of the tumor stromal microenvironment in several solid and hematological malignancies, promoting angiogenesis and tumor growth. A correlation between mast cells infiltration, angiogenesis and tumor progression has been reported for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma as well. Mast cells contribute to the aggressiveness of the pancreatic ductal carcinoma enhancing the expression of several pro-angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factor-2, platelet-derived growth factor and angiopoietin-1 as well as stimulating the pancreatic cancer cells proliferation by IL-13 and tryptase. The disruption of this pro-angiogenic and proliferative stimulation by inhibiting the mast cells migration and degranulation is under investigation as a potential therapeutic approach in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. This review will summarize the literature concerning the mast cells infiltration in the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma analyzing its role in angiogenesis and tumor progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalClinical and Experimental Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 28 2018


  • Angiogenesis
  • Mast cells
  • Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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