Tashan Mistree

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Development of metastasis is a leading cause of cancer-induced death. Acquisition of an invasive tumor cell phenotype suggests loss of cell adhesion and basement membrane breakdown during a process termed epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Recently, cancer stem cells (CSC) were discovered to mediate solid tumor initiation and progression. Prostate(More)
Tumor immunology fundamentals suggest immunological surveillance has the ability to recognize malignant cells and kill them before a tumor develops. However, cancer cells employ evasion mechanisms whereby the immune system may be actively suppressed or even tolerized to the tumor. Recently cancer stem cells were linked to tumor initiation and formation.(More)
Cancer, second only to heart disease, is the leading cause of death in the US. Although progress has been made in the early detection of cancer and in improvements of cancer therapies, the ability to provide long-term survival has been limited. Increasing evidence suggests that a minute, biologically unique population of cancer stem cells (SCs) exists in(More)
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