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Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Determine Response to SLC7A11 Inhibition

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Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts (CAFs) are major contributors to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) progression, through pro-tumour cross-talk and the generation of fibrosis (physical barrier to drugs).

CAF inhibition is thus an ideal component of any therapeutic approach for PDAC. SLC7A11 is a cystine transporter that has been identified as a potential therapeutic target in PDAC cells. However, no prior study has evaluated the role of SLC7A11 in PDAC tumour stroma and its prognostic significance. Herein we show that high expression of SLC7A11 in PDAC tumour stroma (but not tumour cells) is independently prognostic of poorer overall survival. Read more . . . 


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