The SVZ and Its Relationship to Stem Cell Based Neuro-oncogenesis

  • Yael Kusne
  • Nader SanaiEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 853)


Gliomas are primary cancers of the brain and the most lethal cancers known to man. In recent years the discovery of germinal regions in the postnatal brain containing neuronal stem and progenitor cell populations has led to the hypothesis that these cells may themselves serve as an origin of brain tumors. Stem cells that reside within the glioma tumor have been shown to display nonneoplastic stem-like characteristics, including expression of various stem cell markers, as well as capacity for self-renewal and multipotency. Furthermore, glioma tumors display marked similarities to the germinal regions of the brain. Investigations of human neural stem cells and their potential for malignancy may finally identify a cell-of-origin for human gliomas. This, in turn, may facilitate better therapeutic targeting leading to improved prognosis for glioma patients.


Subventricular zone (SVZ) Neuro-oncogenesis Glioma cell of origin Neural stem cells and glioma Germinal regions and oncogenesis Neurogenesis and oncogenesis of glioma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Barrow Brain Tumor Research CenterPhoenixUSA

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