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Cytokine-chemokine network driven metastasis in esophageal cancer; promising avenue for targeted therapy

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submitted on 2024-04-29, 09:49 and posted on 2024-04-29, 09:50 authored by Ajaz A. Bhat, Sabah Nisar, Selma Maacha, Tatiana Correa Carneiro-Lobo, Sabah Akhtar, Kodappully Sivaraman Siveen, Nissar A. Wani, Arshi Rizwan, Puneet Bagga, Mayank Singh, Ravinder Reddy, Shahab Uddin, Jean-Charles Grivel, Gyan Chand, Michael P. Frenneaux, Mushtaq A. Siddiqi, Davide Bedognetti, Wael El-Rifai, Muzafar A. Macha, Mohammad Haris

Esophageal cancer (EC) is a disease often marked by aggressive growth and poor prognosis. Lack of targeted therapies, resistance to chemoradiation therapy, and distant metastases among patients with advanced disease account for the high mortality rate. The tumor microenvironment (TME) contains several cell types, including fibroblasts, immune cells, adipocytes, stromal proteins, and growth factors, which play a significant role in supporting the growth and aggressive behavior of cancer cells. The complex and dynamic interactions of the secreted cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, and their receptors mediate chronic inflammation and immunosuppressive TME favoring tumor progression, metastasis, and decreased response to therapy. The molecular changes in the TME are used as biological markers for diagnosis, prognosis, and response to treatment in patients. This review highlighted the novel insights into the understanding and functional impact of deregulated cytokines and chemokines in imparting aggressive EC, stressing the nature and therapeutic consequences of the cytokine-chemokine network. We also discuss cytokine-chemokine oncogenic potential by contributing to the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), angiogenesis, immunosuppression, metastatic niche, and therapeutic resistance development. In addition, it discusses the wide range of changes and intracellular signaling pathways that occur in the TME. Overall, this is a relatively unexplored field that could provide crucial insights into tumor immunology and encourage the effective application of modulatory cytokine-chemokine therapy to EC.

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Published in: Molecular Cancer
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Springer Nature

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  • 2021

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Institution affiliated with

  • Sidra Medicine
  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Interim Translational Research Institute - HMC
  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Health and Life Sciences - HBKU
  • Qatar University
  • Laboratory Animal Research Center - QU