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circulating tumor cells in colorectal cancer

Thursday 12 April 2012

CTCs in colorectal cancer

Detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the peripheral blood is a rapidly developing research field with clear clinical implications for the staging and monitoring of cancer patients.

Current CTC assays, including the US Food and Drug Administration-cleared CellSearch® system, typically use markers [e.g., cytokeratins (CKs), the transmembrane protein EpCAM (epithelial cell adhesion molecule)] that are expressed on normal and malignant epithelial cells but not on the surrounding normal leukocytes.


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