Intravital microscopy to illuminate cell state plasticity during metastasis.


Microenvironmental cues in tumors induce in a wide variety of cellular states that subsequently lead to cancer cells with distinct cellular identity, behavior, and fate. Recent literature suggests that the ability to change cellular states, a process defined as cell state plasticity, enable cells to rapidly adapt to their changing environment during tumor progression and metastasis. In this review, we will discuss how recent high-resolution intravital microscopy studies have been instrumental to reveal the real-time dynamics of tumor cell state plasticity during the different steps of the metastatic cascade. In addition, we will highlight the role of tumor plasticity during anticancer treatment response, and how plasticity can be used as a potential druggable target.

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Current opinion in cell biology
  • Volume 72
  • Pages 28-35
  • Publication date 01-10-2021

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