Author(s): Kang M, Jiang B, Xu B, Lu W, Guo Q,
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Abstract The stubborn chemoresistance of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is simultaneously influenced by tumor parenchymal and stromal factors, and the ctritical role of Notch ligand Delta-like 4 (DLL4) in the regulation of tumor malignancies has been observed. DLL4 positive expression ratio between duct cells from clinical tumor and adjacent tissues was statistically significant, and the overactivation of DLL4/Notch pathway enhanced the phenotype of EMT and cancer stem cell, even can induce multi-chemoresistance in vitro. Notably, the accompanied defective angiogenesis directly induced inefficient chemo-drug delivery in vivo. Collectively, overexpressed DLL4 on neoplastic cells can enhance chemoresistance through angiogenesis-dependent/independent mechanisms in PDA. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Cancer Lett
and referenced in Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy