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Leukocytes, inflammation, and angiogenesis in cancer: fatal attractions.
Journal of leukocyte biology
Publication types: Journal Article ; Review - Publication Status: ppublish
Leukocytes are cells of defense. Their main function is to protect our body against invading microorganisms. Some leukocytes, in particular, polymorphonuclear and monocytes, accumulate at sites of infection and neutralize pathogens through innate mechanisms. The blood and lymphatic vascular system are essential partners in this defensive reaction: Activated endothelial cells promote leukocyte recruitment at inflammatory sites; new blood vessel formation, a process called angiogenesis, sustains chronic inflammation, and lymphatic vessels transport antigens and antigen-presenting cells to lymph nodes, where they stimulate naive T and B lymphocytes to elicit an antigen-specific immune response. In contrast, leukocytes and lymphocytes are far less efficient in protecting us from cancer, the "enemy from within." Worse, cancer can exploit inflammation to its advantage. The role of angiogenesis, leukocytes, and inflammation in tumor progression was discussed at the second Monte Verità Conference, Tumor Host Interaction and Angiogenesis: Basic Mechanisms and Therapeutic Perspectives, held in Ascona, Switzerland, October 1-5, 2005. (Conference chairs were K. Alitalo, M. Aguet, C. Rüegg, and I. Stamenkovic.) Eight articles reporting about topics presented at the conference are featured in this issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.
Blood Vessels, Bone Marrow, Humans, Inflammation, Leukocytes, Models, Biological, Neoplasms, Neovascularization, Pathologic
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