The Guide to the Hallmarks of Cancer Research Targets


Posted by Chris S on Oct 9, 2019 3:15:00 AM

If you haven’t heard already, it’s CST’s 20th anniversary. Woohoo! You could say this year is kind of a big deal for us. We have a lot to celebrate. However, once we started listing the successes over the years, we realized that we are most proud of what you – the researchers worldwide – have accomplished using our reagents. After all, we don’t live in a vacuum. We exist to serve you and enable important discoveries and the development of cures.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Tumor Promoting Inflammation


Posted by Chris S on Aug 21, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Cancer cells hijack inflammatory mechanisms to promote their own growth and survival. During a normal inflammatory response by the innate and adaptive immune system, immune cells carry out their designated task of engulfing and/or destroying foreign invaders.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Activation Invasion and Metastasis


Posted by Chris S on Jul 17, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Cancer cells invade local tissue and spread to distant sites via two distinct, but similar processes known as invasion and metastasis.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Avoiding Immune Destruction


Posted by Chris S on Jun 12, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Some cancer cells adapt mechanisms to evade detection and destruction by the host's immune system. One way cells do this is by hijacking normal mechanisms of immune checkpoint control and modulation of the innate immune response via STING.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Who am I: Can a cellular identity crisis lead to cancer progression?


Posted by Antony W on May 29, 2019 3:10:00 AM

            The process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), whereby differentiated epithelial cells transform into cells with more mesenchymal characteristics, was first described by pioneering Harvard biologist Elizabeth “Betty” Hay in the 1980s.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Evading Growth Suppressors


Posted by Chris S on May 1, 2019 3:10:00 AM

Cancer cells resist inhibitory signals that might otherwise stop their growth. The major pathways involved are Autophagy and Death Receptor Signaling (Apoptosis), both of which can ultimately lead to cell death, and reduction in tumor growth.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Enabling Replicative Immortality


Posted by Chris S on Apr 17, 2019 3:10:00 AM

Cancer cells can revert to a pre-differentiated, stem-cell-like phenotype, allowing uninhibited cellular division and other metabolic adaptations that enable survival in adverse conditions.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Sustaining Proliferative Signaling


Posted by Chris S on Apr 3, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Cancer cells stimulate their own growth, which means they become self-sufficient in growth signals, and no longer depend on external signals (like Epidermal Growth Factor EGF/ EGFR). Proliferation depends highly on these three important pathways: Akt, MAPK/Erk, and MTOR.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Inducing Angiogenesis Energetics


Posted by Chris S on Mar 20, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Cancer cells stimulate the growth of blood vessels to supply nutrients to tumors. Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing blood vessels. This plays an important role in tumor growth.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer: Deregulating Cellular Energetics


Posted by Chris S on Feb 27, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Cancer cells need a lot of energy to grow fast—to do so, they show abnormal metabolic pathways.

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Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer Research

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