ASPM-associated stem cell proliferation is involved in malignant progression of gliomas and constitutes an attractive therapeutic target.

Abstract : BACKGROUND: ASPM (Abnormal Spindle-like Microcephaly associated) over-expression was recently implicated in the development of malignant gliomas. RESULTS: To better characterize the involvement of ASPM in gliomas, we investigated the mRNA expression in 175 samples, including 8 WHO Grade II, 75 WHO Grade III and 92 WHO Grade IV tumors. Aspm expression was strongly correlated with tumor grade and increased at recurrence when compared to the initial lesion, whatever the initial grade of the primary tumor. ASPM expression also increased over serial passages in gliomaspheres in vitro and in mouse xenografts in vivo. Lentivirus-mediated shRNA silencing of ASPM resulted in dramatic proliferation arrest and cell death in two different gliomasphere models. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that ASPM is involved in the malignant progression of gliomas, possibly through expansion of a cancer stem cell compartment, and is an attractive therapeutic target in glioblastoma multiforme.
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Cancer Cell International, BioMed Central, 2010, 10 (1), pp.1. 〈10.1186/1475-2867-10-1〉
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Sandra-Nadia Bikeye, Carole Colin, Yannick Marie, Raphaël Vampouille, Philippe Ravassard, et al.. ASPM-associated stem cell proliferation is involved in malignant progression of gliomas and constitutes an attractive therapeutic target.. Cancer Cell International, BioMed Central, 2010, 10 (1), pp.1. 〈10.1186/1475-2867-10-1〉. 〈inserm-00668477〉

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