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Lou X.-L.,Molecular Medicine and Genetics Center | Sun J.,Molecular Medicine and Genetics Center | Gong S.-Q.,Molecular Medicine and Genetics Center | Yu X.-F.,Molecular Medicine and Genetics Center | And 4 more authors.
Chinese Journal of Cancer Research | Year: 2015

Metastasis is the main cause of cancer-associated mortality. During this complicated process, some cancer cells, also called circulating tumor cells (CTCs), detach from primary sites, enter bloodstream and extravasate at metastatic site. Thrombocytosis is frequently observed in patients with metastatic cancers suggesting the important role of platelets in metastasis. Therefore this review focuses on how platelets facilitate the generation of CTCs, protect them from various host attacks, such as immune assaults, apoptosis and shear stress, and regulate CTCs intravasation/extravasation. Platelet-derived cytokines and receptors are involved in this cascade. Identification the mechanisms underlie platelet-CTCs interactions could lead to the development of new platelet-targeted therapeutic strategy to reduce metastasis. © Chinese Journal of Cancer Research. All rights reserved.

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