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Research indicates that a small population of cancer cells is highly tumorigenic, endowed with the capacity for self-renewal, and has the ability to differentiate into cells that constitute the bulk of tumors. These cells are considered the "drivers" of the tumorigenic process in some tumor types, and have been named cancer stem cells (CSC).(More)
A mathematical model is formulated for the development of a population of cells in which the individual members may grow and divide or die. A given cell is characterized by its age and volume, and these parameters are assumed to determine the rate of volume growth and the probability per unit time of division or death. The initial value problem is(More)
The most deadly phase in cancer progression is attributed to the inappropriate acquisition of molecular machinery leading to metastatic transformation and spread of disease to distant organs. Although it is appreciated that metastasis involves epithelial-mesenchymal interplay, the underlying mechanism defining this process is poorly understood.(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS CD166 (also called activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule [ALCAM]) is a marker of colorectal cancer (CRC) stem cells; it is expressed by aggressive tumors. Although the presence of CD166 at the tumor cell surface has been correlated with shortened survival, little is known about its function and expression in normal intestinal(More)
Volume growth rate and division probability functions for mammalian cells have been determined as functions of cell volume with good reproducibility and statistical precision using Coulter volume spectrometry and the equations of the Bell model. Results are compared with independent measurements on synchronous cultures. The slow rate of volume dispersion(More)
Analysis of the effects of actinomycin and puromycin on the G(2) and mitotic parts of the life cycle in Chinese hamster ovary cells grown in suspension and synchronized by thymidine treatment has been carried out. Rates of division of partially synchronized cell populations were measured in the presence and absence of the drugs, and various controls were(More)