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Type: Journal article
Title: Characterization of stem-like cells in mucoepidermoid tracheal paediatric tumor
Author: Lim, M.
Ooi, B.
Jungebluth, P.
Sjöqvist, S.
Hultman, I.
Lemon, G.
Gustafsson, Y.
Asmundsson, J.
Baiguera, S.
Douagi, I.
Gilevich, I.
Popova, A.
Haag, J.
Rodríguez, A.
Lim, J.
Liedén, A.
Nordenskjöld, M.
Alici, E.
Baker, D.
Unger, C.
et al.
Citation: PLoS One, 2014; 9(9):e107712-1-e107712-12
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1932-6203
Editor: Burns, J.
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Mei Ling Lim, Brandon Nick Sern Ooi, Philipp Jungebluth, Sebastian Sjöqvist, Isabell Hultman, Greg Lemon, Ylva Gustafsson, Jurate Asmundsson, Silvia Baiguera, Iyadh Douagi, Irina Gilevich, Alina Popova, Johannes Cornelius Haag, Antonio Beltrán Rodríguez, Jianri Lim, Agne Liedén, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Evren Alici, Duncan Baker, Christian Unger, Tom Luedde, Ivan Vassiliev, Jose Inzunza, Lars Ährlund-Richter, Paolo Macchiarini
Abstract: Stem cells contribute to regeneration of tissues and organs. Cells with stem cell-like properties have been identified in tumors from a variety of origins, but to our knowledge there are yet no reports on tumor-related stem cells in the human upper respiratory tract. In the present study, we show that a tracheal mucoepidermoid tumor biopsy obtained from a 6 year-old patient contained a subpopulation of cells with morphology, clonogenicity and surface markers that overlapped with bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs). These cells, designated as MEi (mesenchymal stem cell-like mucoepidermoid tumor) cells, could be differentiated towards mesenchymal lineages both with and without induction, and formed spheroids in vitro. The MEi cells shared several multipotent characteristics with BM-MSCs. However, they displayed differences to BM-MSCs in growth kinectics and gene expression profiles relating to cancer pathways and tube development. Despite this, the MEi cells did not possess in vivo tumor-initiating capacity, as proven by the absence of growth in situ after localized injection in immunocompromised mice. Our results provide an initial characterization of benign tracheal cancer-derived niche cells. We believe that this report could be of importance to further understand tracheal cancer initiation and progression as well as therapeutic development.
Keywords: Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Mucoepidermoid Tumor
Tracheal Neoplasms
Cell Separation
Gene Expression Profiling
Neoplastic Stem Cells
Rights: © 2014 Lim et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107712
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