The role of stem cells in tumor targeting and growth suppression of gliomas
Hossein Eskandary1, Mohsen Basiri1, Seyed Noureddin Nematollahi-Mahani2, Sepideh Mehravaran3
1Neuroscience Research Center, 2Department of Anatomy, Afzalipour School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, 3Afzal Research Institute, Kerman, Iran
Abstract: Glioma remains the most challenging solid organ tumor to treat successfully. Based on the capacity of stem cells to migrate extensively and target invading glioma cells, the transplantation of stem cells as a cell-based delivery system may provide additional tools for the treatment of gliomas. In addition to the use of modified stem cells for the delivery of therapeutic agents, unmodified stem cells have been shown to have growth-suppressing effects on tumors in vitro and in vivo. This review outlines the probable factors involved in tumor tropism and tumor growth suppression, with a specific focus on the use of unmodified stem cells in the treatment of gliomas. Based on these and further future data, clinical trials may be justified.
Keywords: stem cell, brain tumor, glioma, tropism, growth suppression
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