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Fatal attraction: why breast cancer cells home to bone

By Lorenz C Hofbauer, Tilman Rachner and Shiv K Singh


Osteolytic metastases due to breast cancer are serious events. The interactions between breast cancer cells with the microenvironment of bone have been thought to provide an ideal milieu for cancer cells. Recent data now indicate that migration of breast cancer cells into bone and their subsequent growth into metastases depends upon the interaction of the receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) with its receptor RANK

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