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Hedgehog signaling in cancer stem cells: a focus on hematological cancers.

Campbell V, Copland M - Stem Cells Cloning (2015)

Bottom Line: The stem cell paradigm was first demonstrated in hematopoietic stem cells.Further, these components represent viable therapeutic targets, with inhibition from a drug development perspective being readily achieved, making the hedgehog pathway an attractive potential therapeutic target.However, although the concept of cancer stem cells is well established, how these cells arise and the factors which influence their behavior are not yet fully understood.

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Affiliation: Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, Institute of Cancer Sciences, College of Medical, Veterninary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

ABSTRACT
The stem cell paradigm was first demonstrated in hematopoietic stem cells. Whilst classically it was cytokines and chemokines which were believed to control stem cell fate, more recently it has become apparent that the stem cell niche and highly conserved embryonic pathways play a key role in governing stem cell behavior. One of these pathways, the hedgehog signaling pathway, found in all organisms, is vitally important in embryogenesis, performing the function of patterning through early stages of development, and in adulthood, through the control of somatic stem cell numbers. In addition to these roles in health however, it has been found to be deregulated in a number of solid and hematological malignancies, components of the hedgehog pathway being associated with a poor prognosis. Further, these components represent viable therapeutic targets, with inhibition from a drug development perspective being readily achieved, making the hedgehog pathway an attractive potential therapeutic target. However, although the concept of cancer stem cells is well established, how these cells arise and the factors which influence their behavior are not yet fully understood. The role of the hedgehog signaling pathway and its potential as a therapeutic target in hematological malignancies is the focus of this review.

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Targets of the Hh signaling pathway.Abbreviations: Hh, hedgehog; EMT, epithelial-mesenchymal transition.
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f3-sccaa-8-027: Targets of the Hh signaling pathway.Abbreviations: Hh, hedgehog; EMT, epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

Mentions: There are numerous downstream targets of the Hh pathway: BCL-2, the ATP-binding cassette transporter family members; the multi-drug resistance protein-1 and components of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, WNT, and Notch signaling pathways, Figure 3. There is already evidence to show up-regulation and involvement of many of these pathways in chemo-resistance in human malignancies.37,38 Additionally, studies have highlighted several of these downstream targets to be over-expressed in both acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), with expression linked to chemo-resistance and poorer survival.39


Hedgehog signaling in cancer stem cells: a focus on hematological cancers.

Campbell V, Copland M - Stem Cells Cloning (2015)

Targets of the Hh signaling pathway.Abbreviations: Hh, hedgehog; EMT, epithelial-mesenchymal transition.
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f3-sccaa-8-027: Targets of the Hh signaling pathway.Abbreviations: Hh, hedgehog; EMT, epithelial-mesenchymal transition.
Mentions: There are numerous downstream targets of the Hh pathway: BCL-2, the ATP-binding cassette transporter family members; the multi-drug resistance protein-1 and components of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, WNT, and Notch signaling pathways, Figure 3. There is already evidence to show up-regulation and involvement of many of these pathways in chemo-resistance in human malignancies.37,38 Additionally, studies have highlighted several of these downstream targets to be over-expressed in both acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), with expression linked to chemo-resistance and poorer survival.39

Bottom Line: The stem cell paradigm was first demonstrated in hematopoietic stem cells.Further, these components represent viable therapeutic targets, with inhibition from a drug development perspective being readily achieved, making the hedgehog pathway an attractive potential therapeutic target.However, although the concept of cancer stem cells is well established, how these cells arise and the factors which influence their behavior are not yet fully understood.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, Institute of Cancer Sciences, College of Medical, Veterninary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

ABSTRACT
The stem cell paradigm was first demonstrated in hematopoietic stem cells. Whilst classically it was cytokines and chemokines which were believed to control stem cell fate, more recently it has become apparent that the stem cell niche and highly conserved embryonic pathways play a key role in governing stem cell behavior. One of these pathways, the hedgehog signaling pathway, found in all organisms, is vitally important in embryogenesis, performing the function of patterning through early stages of development, and in adulthood, through the control of somatic stem cell numbers. In addition to these roles in health however, it has been found to be deregulated in a number of solid and hematological malignancies, components of the hedgehog pathway being associated with a poor prognosis. Further, these components represent viable therapeutic targets, with inhibition from a drug development perspective being readily achieved, making the hedgehog pathway an attractive potential therapeutic target. However, although the concept of cancer stem cells is well established, how these cells arise and the factors which influence their behavior are not yet fully understood. The role of the hedgehog signaling pathway and its potential as a therapeutic target in hematological malignancies is the focus of this review.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus