In Vivo Imaging of Tumor-Propagating Cells, Regional Tumor Heterogeneity, and Dynamic Cell Movements in Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma

Myron S. Ignatius, Eleanor Chen, Natalie M. Elpek, Adam Z. Fuller, Inês M. Tenente, Ryan Clagg, Sali Liu, Jessica S. Blackburn, Corinne M. Linardic, Andrew E. Rosenberg, Petur G. Nielsen, Thorsten R. Mempel, David M. Langenau

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Abstract

Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) is an aggressive pediatric sarcoma of muscle. Here, we show that ERMS-propagating potential is confined to myf5+ cells and can be visualized in live, fluorescent transgenic zebrafish. During early tumor growth, myf5+ ERMS cells reside adjacent normal muscle fibers. By late-stage ERMS, myf5+ cells are reorganized into distinct regions separated from differentiated tumor cells. Time-lapse imaging of late-stage ERMS revealed that myf5+ cells populate newly formed tumor only after seeding by highly migratory myogenin+ ERMS cells. Moreover, myogenin+ ERMS cells can enter the vasculature, whereas myf5+ ERMS-propagating cells do not. Our data suggest that non-tumor-propagating cells likely have important supportive roles in cancer progression and facilitate metastasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-693
Number of pages14
JournalCancer Cell
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 25 2012

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research

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Ignatius, M. S., Chen, E., Elpek, N. M., Fuller, A. Z., Tenente, I. M., Clagg, R., Liu, S., Blackburn, J. S., Linardic, C. M., Rosenberg, A. E., Nielsen, P. G., Mempel, T. R., & Langenau, D. M. (2012). In Vivo Imaging of Tumor-Propagating Cells, Regional Tumor Heterogeneity, and Dynamic Cell Movements in Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma. Cancer Cell, 21(5), 680-693. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccr.2012.03.043