Characterization of cancer stem-like cells in chordoma Laboratory investigation

Aydemir E., Bayrak O. F. , Sahin F., Atalay B., Kose G. T. , Ozen M., ...More

JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, vol.116, no.4, pp.810-820, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.3171/2011.12.jns11430
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.810-820


Object. Chordomas are locally aggressive bone tumors known to arise from the remnants of the notochord. Because chordomas are rare, molecular studies aimed at developing new therapies are scarce and new approaches are needed. Chordoma cells and cancer stem-like cells share similar characteristics, including self-renewal, differentiation, and resistance to chemotherapy. Therefore, it seems possible that chordomas might contain a subpopulation of cancer stem-like cells. The aim of this study is to determine whether cancer stem-like cells might be present in chordomas.