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CAF subpopulations: A new reservoir of stromal targets in pancreatic cancer


Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are one of the most significant components in the tumour microenvironment (TME), where they can perform several protumourigenic functions. Several studies have recently reported that CAFs are more heterogenous and plastic than was previously thought. As such, there has been a shift in the field to study CAF subpopulations and the emergent functions of these subsets in tumourigenesis. In this review, we explore how different aspects of CAF heterogeneity are defined and how these manifest in multiple cancers, with a focus on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). We also discuss therapeutic approaches to selectively target protumourigenic CAF functions, while avoiding normal fibroblasts, providing insight into the future of stromal targeting for the treatment of PDAC and other solid tumours.

Type Journal
ISBN 2405-8025
Authors Pereira, B. A.; Vennin, C.; Papanicolaou, M.; Chambers, C. R.; Herrmann, D.; Morton, J. P.; Cox, T. R.; Timpson, P.
Responsible Garvan Author Dr Brooke Pereira
Publisher Name Trends in Cancer
Published Date 2019-11-19
Published Volume 5
Published Issue 11
Published Pages 724-741
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1016/j.trecan.2019.09.010