Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 196–201

The host-tumor interface in B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A new world to investigate


DOI: 10.1007/s11899-009-0026-1

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Rachinel, N. & Salles, G. Curr Hematol Malig Rep (2009) 4: 196. doi:10.1007/s11899-009-0026-1


Research on B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma focuses mainly on oncogenic events occurring in lymphoma cells, but recently a new component has appeared that may be crucial in lymphomagenesis: the tumor microenvironment. Indeed, compelling evidence demonstrates the key role played by nonmalignant bystander cells in the establishment and proliferation of the tumor. Among these cells, stromal cells, monocytes/macrophages, and T cells in lymphoid organs have all been described as contributing to tumor progression. Interactions linked to cell-cell intimate contacts—but also mediated through soluble mediators such as cytokines and chemokines—do form a specific network. All these interrelations directed by the tumor create a friendly environment for lymphoma cells that permits them to proliferate. Blocking the cross-talk between the tumor microenvironment and lymphoma cells may thus represent a promising new strategy for treating B-cell malignancies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté de Médecine Lyon-Sud Charles MérieuxPierre-Bénite CedexFrance

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