Interferon-alpha modulates the chemosensitivity of CD133-expressing pancreatic cancer cells to gemcitabine.

Pancreatic cancer is a lethal disease as current chemotherapies with gemcitabine (GEM) are still insufficient. Accumulating evidence suggests that cancer stem cells (CSC) are responsible for chemoresistance and that CD133 is one of the CSC markers in pancreatic cancer. Interferon-alpha (IFN-α), a cytokine with pleiotropic effects, has direct cytotoxic and… (More)