Samantha McDonnell

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Trophoblasts cells which are derived from the outer layer of the blastocyst have developed mechanisms by which they can invade the uterus and tap into the maternal circulation. In contrast to tumor cell invasion trophoblast invasion is precisely regulated, being confined spatially to the uterus and temporally to early pregnancy. The invasive properties(More)
Cancer cell invasion involves the breaching of tissue barriers by cancer cells, and the subsequent infiltration of these cells throughout the surrounding tissue. In breast cancer, invasion at the molecular level requires the coordinated efforts of numerous processes within the cancer cell and its surroundings. Accumulation of genetic changes which impair(More)
The processes of tumour invasion and subsequent metastasis are the most lethal aspects of cancer. Whilst many factors are involved, the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been implicated as key-rate limiting enzymes in the invasive process. This family consisting of eight members of similar structure, can be roughly divided into three groups based on(More)
Cancer cell invasion involves the breaching of tissue barriers by cancer cells, and the subsequent infiltration of these cells throughout the surrounding tissue. In breast cancer, invasion at the molecular level requires the coordinated efforts of numerous processes within the cancer cell and its surroundings. Accumulation of genetic changes which impair(More)
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