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The supporting tissues of an organ, including connective and nervous tissues and blood vessels.



(1) The supporting framework of an animal organ. The stroma consists of unstructured connective tissue containing specific elements of an organ, cells capable of reproduction, and fibrous structures that provide support. Blood vessels and lymphatics pass through it. Stromal elements perform a protective role by participating in phagocytosis. Red and white blood cells develop from the stromal cells of hematopoietic organs.

(2) The protein base of erythrocytes.

(3) In many ascomycetes and Fungi Imperfecti, the compact mass of hyphae upon which spore-bearing bodies (conidio-phores) are arranged.

(4) In algae and higher plants, the colorless protein base of plastids in which a strictly ordered system of membranes serving as pigment carriers is embedded.

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Collaboration between epithelial and stromal compartments, that both interact under the influence of androgen and other hormonal factors, is among the most important, resulting in a formation of microenvironment suitable for cancer growth and progression.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor can occur anywhere in the GI tract.
Which is why we looked for a way to mark multipotent stromal cells in the living organism.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumours: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.
Primary or metastatic carcinoma, germ cell tumours and all mesenchymal tumours of the ovary were excluded only sex cord stromal tumours were included in the study.
Here, we present cytology and histopathology of two cases of malignant phyllodes tumour; one presenting with squamous differentiation and chondrosarcomatous area which was diagnosed as benign phyllodes tumour with metaplastic squamous cells and another with extremely rare granular change in the stromal component, which could not be diagnosed cytologically and reported as inconclusive for opinion.
Conclusion: Stromal tumor, although rare, should be considered in the differential diagnosis in patients with an enlarged prostate.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the digestive tract and are generally asymptomatic, but they make only 1% of primary tumors of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
These tumors are characterized by mildly increased stromal cellularity and mild nuclear atypia.
The report provides comprehensive information on the therapeutics under development for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST), complete with analysis by stage of development, drug target, mechanism of action (MoA), route of administration (RoA) and molecule type.
Gastrointestinal pacemaker cell tumour (GIPACT): gastrointestinal stromal tumours show phenotypic characteristics of the interstitial cells of Cajal.