A Hierarchy of Self-Renewing Tumor-Initiating Cell Types in Glioblastoma

Ruihuan Chen, Merry C. Nishimura, Stephanie M. Bumbaca, Samir Kharbanda, William F. Forrest, Ian M. Kasman, Joan M. Greve, Robert H. Soriano, Laurie L. Gilmour, Celina Sanchez Rivers, Zora Modrusan, Serban Nacu, Steve Guerrero, Kyle A. Edgar, Jeffrey J. Wallin, Katrin Lamszus, Manfred Westphal, Susanne Heim, C. David James, Scott R. VandenBergJoseph F. Costello, Scott Moorefield, Cynthia J. Cowdrey, Michael Prados, Heidi S. Phillips*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The neural stem cell marker CD133 is reported to identify cells within glioblastoma (GBM) that can initiate neurosphere growth and tumor formation; however, instances of CD133- cells exhibiting similar properties have also been reported. Here, we show that some PTEN-deficient GBM tumors produce a series of CD133+ and CD133- self-renewing tumor-initiating cell types and provide evidence that these cell types constitute a lineage hierarchy. Our results show that the capacities for self-renewal and tumor initiation in GBM need not be restricted to a uniform population of stemlike cells, but can be shared by a lineage of self-renewing cell types expressing a range of markers of forebrain lineage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-375
Number of pages14
JournalCancer cell
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 13 2010



ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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