BACKGROUND: Tumours contain hypoxic regions that select for an aggressive cell phenotype; tumour hypoxia induces metastasis-associated genes. Treatment refractory patients with metastatic cancer show increased numbers of circulating tumour cells (CTCs), which are also associated with disease progression. The aim of this study was to examine the as yet unknown relationship between hypoxia and CTCs. METHODS: We generated human MDA-MB-231 orthotopic xenografts and, using a new technology, isola...Expand abstract
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Circulating tumour cells demonstrate an altered response to hypoxia and an aggressive phenotype.
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