Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 74, Issue 23, pp 4287–4291 | Cite as

The multifaceted role of periostin in priming the tumor microenvironments for tumor progression

  • Dan Cui
  • Zhengjie Huang
  • Yingfu Liu
  • Gaoliang OuyangEmail author
Multi-author review


Tumor microenvironment consists of tumor cells, stromal cells, extracellular matrix and a plethora of soluble components. The complex array of interactions between tumor cells and their surrounding tumor microenvironments contribute to the determination of the fate of tumor cells during tumorigenesis and metastasis. Matricellular protein periostin is generally absent in most adult tissues but is highly expressed in tumor microenvironments. Current evidence reveals that periostin plays a critical role in establishing and remodeling tumor microenvironments such as the metastatic niche, cancer stem cell niche, perivascular niche, pre-metastatic niche, fibrotic microenvironment and bone marrow microenvironment. Here, we summarize the current knowledge of the multifaceted role of periostin in the tumor microenvironments.


Periostin Tumor microenvironment Metastatic niche Cancer stem cell niche Perivascular niche Pre-metastatic niche Fibrotic microenvironment Bone marrow Matricellular protein 



This work was supported by Grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 81572598, 81372841), the Science and Technology Project of Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province (No. 2016J01639), the Medical Innovations Topic in Fujian Province (No. 2016-CXB-8) and the Open Research Fund of State Key Laboratory of Cellular Stress Biology, Xiamen University (SKLCSB2017KF007).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no competing financial interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Cui
    • 1
  • Zhengjie Huang
    • 1
  • Yingfu Liu
    • 2
  • Gaoliang Ouyang
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, State Key Laboratory of Cellular Stress Biology, School of Life SciencesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Medical CollegeXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Cellular Stress Biology, Innovation Center for Cell Signaling Network, School of Life SciencesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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