Of mice and women: How studying development gives us insights into cancer

Zena Werb (Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco)

(February 15, 2010 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

Of mice and women: How studying development gives us insights into cancer


We have focused on the cell behaviors underlying mammary development and during breast cancer tumor progression. We have taken a combined imaging, cell biological, genetic and pharmacological approach to determine the tissue transformations underlying branching morphogenesis and neoplastic progression, then to dissect the molecular regulation of these cell behaviors and interactions.

  • Egeblad, M., A. J. Ewald, et al. (2008). Visualizing stromal cell dynamics in different tumor microenvironments by spinning disk confocal microscopy. Dis. Model. Mech. 1:155-167. PMID: 1904807
  • Ewald, A.J., A. Brenot, M. Duong, B.S. Chan & Z. Werb (2008). Collective epithelial migration and cell rearrangements drive mammary branching morphogenesis. Dev. Cell. 14:570-581. PMID: 18410732.
  • Kouros-Mehr, H., S. K. Bechis, et al. (2008). GATA-3 links tumor differentiation and dissemination in a luminal breast cancer model. Cancer Cell. 13:141-52. PMID: 18242514.
  • Lu, P. & Z. Werb (2008). Patterning mechanisms of branched organs. Science. 322:1506-1509. PMID: 19056977.
  • Welm, B.E, G. J. P. Dijkgraaf, A. S. Bledau, A. L. Welm & Z. Werb (2008). Lentiviral transduction of stem cells for genetic analysis of mammary development and breast cancer. Cell Stem Cell. 2:90-102. PMID: 18371425.