Monday, August 21, 2017

Stromal Reactivity Differentially Drives Tumor Cell Evolution and Prostate Cancer Progression

Stromal Reactivity Differentially Drives Tumor Cell Evolution and Prostate Cancer Progression

New Results

Ziv FrankensteinDavid BasantaOmar E. FrancoYan GaoRodrigo A. JavierDouglas W. StrandMinJae LeeSimon W. HaywardGustavo AyalaAlexander R. A. Anderson

Abstract

We implemented a hybrid multiscale model of carcinogenesis that merges data from biology and pathology on the microenvironmental regulation of prostate cancer (PCa) cell behavior. It recapitulates the biology of stromal influence in prostate cancer progression. Our data indicate that the interactions between the tumor cells and reactive stroma shape the evolutionary dynamics of PCa cells and explain overall tumor aggressiveness. We show that the degree of stromal reactivity, when coupled with the current clinical biomarkers, significantly improves PCa prognostication, both for death and recurrence, that may alter treatment decisions. We also show that stromal reactivity correlates directly with tumor growth but inversely modulates tumor evolution. This suggests that the aggressive stromal independent PCa may be an inevitable evolutionary result of poor stromal reactivity. It also suggests that purely tumor centric metrics of aggressiveness may be misleading in terms on clinical outcome.
http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/08/21/159616