metastatic capacity

metastatic capacity

[‚med·ə‚stad·ik kə′pas·əd·ē]
(medicine)
The malignancy of a tumor.
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This precursor is transferred to certain gene "switches" that in turn increase the metastatic capacity of cancer cells by activating a specific gene program.
The identified molecular target acts as a master switch and regulates multiple functions of breast cancer cells, including their growth, migration and metastatic capacity.
Regardless of whether metastatic capacity is acquired according to the tumor progression model, Brabetz and colleagues make an argument for "the existence of a dynamic component to human tumor progression.
The researchers will present data examining IgG's (GCAN101) efficacy in inhibiting the proliferation and metastatic capacity of colon cancer in a mouse model.