Inflammation and cancer: Till death tears them apart

T. P. Raposo, B. C B Beirão, L. Y. Pang, F. L. Queiroga, D. J. Argyle*

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Abstract / Description of output

Advances in biotechnology have enabled the collection of an immeasurable amount of information from genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic and proteomic studies of tumours within their microenvironments. The dissection of cytokine and chemokine networks has provided new clues to the interactions between cancer cells and their surrounding inflammatory landscape. To bridge the gap between chronic inflammation and cancer, dynamic participants in the tumour microenvironment have been identified, including tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs) and regulatory T cells (Tregs). Both of these cell types are notable for their ability to cause immunosuppressive conditions and support the evasion of tumour immune surveillance. It is clear now that the tumour-promoting inflammatory environment has to be included as one of the major cancer hallmarks. This review explores the recent advances in the understanding of cancer-related inflammation and how this is being applied to comparative oncology studies in humans and domestic species, such as the dog.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-174
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number2
Early online date17 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Cancer
  • Inflammation
  • Macrophages
  • Metastasis
  • Stem cells
  • Veterinary oncology


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