volume 9, issue 3, P304-318 2017
DOI: 10.15252/emmm.201606840
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Abstract: AbstractThe angiogenic factor, VEGFA, is a therapeutic target in ovarian cancer (OVCA). VEGFA can also stimulate stem‐like cells in certain cancers, but mechanisms thereof are poorly understood. Here, we show that VEGFA mediates stem cell actions in primary human OVCA culture and OVCA lines via VEGFR2‐dependent Src activation to upregulate Bmi1, tumor spheres, and ALDH1 activity. The VEGFA‐mediated increase in spheres was abrogated by Src inhibition or SRC knockdown. VEGFA stimulated sphere formation only in t…

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