Platelet-Based Drug Delivery for Cancer Applications.

Ortiz-Otero N, Mohamed Z, King MR
Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018 1092: 235-251

PMID: 30368756 · DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-95294-9_12

Platelets can be considered as the "guardian of hemostasis" where their main function is to maintain vascular integrity. In pathological conditions, the hemostatic role of platelets may be hijacked to stimulate disease progression. In 1865, Armand Trousseau was a pioneer in establishing the platelet-cancer metastasis relationship, which he eventually termed as Trousseau's Syndrome to describe the deregulation of the hemostasis-associated pathways induced by cancer progression (Varki, Blood. 110(6):1723-9, 2007). Since these early studies, there has been an increase in experimental evidence not only to elucidate the role of platelets in cancer metastasis but also to create novel cancer therapies by targeting the platelet's impact in metastasis. In this chapter, we discuss the contribution of platelets in facilitating tumor cell transit from the primary tumor to distant metastatic sites as well as novel cancer therapies based on platelet interactions.

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Blood Platelets Drug Delivery Systems Hemostasis Humans Male Neoplasm Metastasis Neoplasms

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