Cancer Microenvironment

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 91–93 | Cite as

About Seed and Soil

  • Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot

More than one century after Paget’s clairvoyant « seed and soil » hypothesis to explain the clinical logistics of metastases [1], our view on tumor development and invasion has been enriched with the interconnected concepts of “tumor cells plasticity” and “tumor cells-microenvironment cross-interaction and cross-manipulation”. The term “cell plasticity” was originally used in 1999 by Thiery JP and Chopin D [2] to describe the molecular mechanisms involved in Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) during morphogenesis and tumor progression. Tumor cells plasticity refers now to the protean capacity of tumor cells to shift from one differentiation state to another [3]. Interestingly, the acquired stem characteristics may include a higher level of interaction, and manipulation, of microenvironment. This tumor cells’ feature of “changing” and “be changed by” “their own world” is presumably quite common in life, not only at the human beings level, but also at the cellular level,...


Circulate Tumor Cell Metastasis Suppressor Gene Circulate Tumor Cell Detection Orthotopic Mouse Model Hypoxic Tumor Microenvironment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris Descartes, Unité INSERM U1151Paris Cedex 14France

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