GSBS Student Publications


Gastric cancer originating from bone marrow-derived cells

Student Author(s)

Calin Stoicov,

GSBS Program

Cancer Biology

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology; Department of Cancer Biology



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Medical Subject Headings

Animals; Apoptosis; Bone Marrow Cells; Bone Marrow Transplantation; Carcinoma in Situ; Cell Differentiation; Cell Fusion; Disease Progression; Female; Gastric Mucosa; Gastritis; Helicobacter Infections; *Helicobacter felis; Keratins; Male; Mesenchymal Stem Cells; Metaplasia; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Transgenic; Mucins; Muscle Proteins; Parietal Cells, Gastric; Peptides; Phenotype; Stem Cells; Stomach Neoplasms


Gastroenterology | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


Epithelial cancers are believed to originate from transformation of tissue stem cells. However, bone marrow-derived cells (BMDCs), which are frequently recruited to sites of tissue injury and inflammation, might also represent a potential source of malignancy. We show that although acute injury, acute inflammation, or transient parietal cell loss within the stomach do not lead to BMDC recruitment, chronic infection of C57BL/6 mice with Helicobacter, a known carcinogen, induces repopulation of the stomach with BMDCs. Subsequently, these cells progress through metaplasia and dysplasia to intraepithelial cancer. These findings suggest that epithelial cancers can originate from marrow-derived sources and thus have broad implications for the multistep model of cancer progression.

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Citation: Science. 2004 Nov 26;306(5701):1568-71. Link to article on publisher's site

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Science (New York, N.Y.)

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