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Tunneling Nanotubes: The Fuel of Tumor Progression?

Giulia Pinto 1 Christel Brou 1, 2 Chiara Zurzolo 1, 2, *
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1 Trafic membranaire et Pathogénèse - Membrane Traffic and Pathogenesis
Institut Pasteur [Paris], CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR3691
Abstract : Tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are thin membrane tubes connecting remote cells and allowing the transfer of cellular content. TNTs have been reported in several cancer in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo models. Cancer cells exploit TNT-like connections to exchange material between themselves or with the tumoral microenvironment. Cells acquire new abilities (e.g., enhanced metabolic plasticity, migratory phenotypes, angiogenic ability, and therapy resistance) via these exchanges, contributing to cancer aggressiveness. Here, we review the morphological and functional features of TNT-like structures and their impact on cancer progression and resistance to therapies. Finally, we discuss the case of glioblastoma (GBM), in which a functional and resistant network between cancer cells in an in vivo model has been described for the first time.
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Giulia Pinto, Christel Brou, Chiara Zurzolo. Tunneling Nanotubes: The Fuel of Tumor Progression?. Trends in Cancer, Cell Press, 2020, ⟨10.1016/j.trecan.2020.04.012⟩. ⟨pasteur-02941638⟩



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