Laboratory Models for Central Nervous System Tumor Stem Cell Research

  • Imad Saeed Khan
  • Moneeb EhteshamEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 853)


Central nervous system (CNS) tumors are complex organ systems comprising of a neoplastic component with associated vasculature, inflammatory cells, and reactive cellular and extracellular components. Research has identified a subset of cells in CNS tumors that portray defining properties of neural stem cells, namely, that of self-renewal and multi-potency. Growing evidence suggests that these tumor stem cells (TSC) play an important role in the maintenance and growth of the tumor. Furthermore, these cells have also been shown to be refractory to conventional therapy and may be crucial for tumor recurrence and metastasis. Current investigations are focusing on isolating these TSC from CNS tumors to investigate their unique biological processes. This understanding will help identify and develop more effective and comprehensive treatment strategies. This chapter provides an overview of some of the most commonly used laboratory models for CNSTSC research.


Glioma stem cells Tumor stem cells Cancer stem cells Laboratory models Neurosphere culture Matrigel-based assays Orthotopic culture Mathematical models Animal models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of NeurosurgeryGeisel School of Medicine at DartmouthLebanonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurological SurgeryVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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