Notch signaling and brain tumors

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2012;727:289-304. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-0899-4_22.

Abstract

Human brain tumors are a heterogenous group of neoplasms occurring inside the cranium and the central spinal cord. In adults and children, astrocytic glioma and medulloblastoma are the most common subtypes of primary brain tumors. These tumor types are thought to arise from cells in which Notch signaling plays a fundamental role during development. Recent findings have shown that Notch signaling is dysregulated and contributes to the malignant potential of these tumors. Growing evidence point towards an important role for cancer stem cells in the initiation and maintenance of glioma and medulloblastoma. In this chapter we will cover the present findings of Notch signaling in human glioma and medulloblastoma and try to create an overall picture of its relevance in the pathogenesis of these tumors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Notch / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction

Substances

  • Receptors, Notch