Deciphering the universe of genetic context-dependencies using mouse models of cancer

Falcomatà, C., Barthel, S., Schneider, G., Saur, D., Veltkamp, C. (2019). Curr Opin Genet Dev 54, 97-104.

DOI: 10.1016/j.gde.2019.04.002(link is external)


Molecular profiling of cancer patients and modelling of human cancer in mice revealed cell type and tissue-specific differences in tumor development and evolution. However, the context-dependent determinants of cancer remain poorly understood. A systematic characterization of the biological underpinnings of context-specificity will, therefore, be pivotal to design more effective therapies. In this review article, we focus on recent advances on molecular, cellular and microenvironmental aspects of context-dependency. We highlight new strategies to study this phenomenon in tumorigenesis and tumor evolution. Notably, we elucidate tissue and cell type-specific signaling cues as well as tumor microenvironment niches, using novel next-generation dual and triple recombinase-based mouse models of cancer.