A bioengineered model for investigating plasticity in triple negative breast cancer
Patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) present a higher risk of recurrence and metastasis as existing chemotherapeutic strategies fail in nearly half of the cases. Recently, oncologists and researchers have started to focus their attention not only on cancer cells but also on their interactions with the microenvironment surrounding them. It is clear that the current methods of investigation are not able to grasp the complexity of these interactions. In vitro models that faithfully recapitulate the disease are urgently needed for the development of novel treatments. To address this, scientists of the EU-funded CONTACT project will develop a 3D bioengineered TNBC in vitro model that combines stromal components along with cancer cells. This tool will be useful in studying the mechanisms of interaction between cancer cells and their microenvironment as well as the reprogramming events triggering drug-tolerance. Long term, by using these models as a sort of patient’s avatar, it will become possible to establish patient-tailored treatment protocols based on combinatory therapy.
Field of science
- /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer/breast cancer
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