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Therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells in gastrointestinal cancers – current evidence

Authors Qin J, Zhao Y, Wang Y, Betzler C, Popp F, Sen Gupta A, Augsburger D, Camaj P, Nelson P, Bruns C

Received 1 July 2015

Accepted for publication 19 August 2015

Published 8 September 2016 Volume 2016:6 Pages 41—47

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/GICTT.S54121

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Eileen O'Reilly


Jiwei Qin,1 Yue Zhao,2 Yan Wang,1 Christopher Betzler,2 Felix C Popp,2 Arvid Sen Gupta,2 Daniela Augsburger,2 Peter Camaj,2 Peter J Nelson,3 Christiane J Bruns2

1Department of Surgery, University of Munich, Munich, Germany; 2Department of Surgery, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany; 3Clinical Biochemistry Group, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV, University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Abstract: Mesenchymal stem (or stromal) cells (MSCs) are nonhematopoietic progenitor cells that can be obtained from bone marrow and adipose tissue. Due to the ability of MSCs to migrate to damaged and cancerous tissue, this behavior of MSCs has been exploited as a tumor-targeting strategy for cell-based cancer therapy to improve the efficacy and minimize the toxicity of current gene therapy approaches in the treatment of cancers. In this review, we focus on the current developments of MSC-based gene therapy in gastrointestinal cancer studies, in particular, the role of MSCs as tumor-targeted therapy vehicles and the prospects in their clinical application.

Keywords: mesenchymal stem cells, gastrointestinal cancers, cancer therapy

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