Journal of Clinical & Experimental OncologyISSN: 2324-9110

Research Article, J Clin Exp Oncol S Vol: 0 Issue: 0

Endogenous Voltage Potentials and the Microenvironment: Bioelectric Signals that Reveal, Induce and Normalize Cancer

Brook Chernet and Michael Levina href="#corr">*
Department of Biology, Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, Tufts University, USA
Corresponding author : Michael Levin
Department of Biology, Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, Tufts University, 200 Boston Ave.,Suite 4600, Medford, MA 02155,USA
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Received: August 04, 2013 Accepted: September 16, 2013 Published: October 08, 2013
Citation: Chernet B, Levin M (2013) Endogenous Voltage Potentials and the Microenvironment: Bioelectric Signals that Reveal, Induce and Normalize Cancer. J Clin Exp Oncol S1. doi:10.4172/2324-9110.S1-002

Abstract

Endogenous Voltage Potentials and the Microenvironment: Bioelectric Signals that Reveal, Induce and Normalize Cancer

Cancer may be a disease of geometry: a misregulation of the field of information that orchestrates individual cells’ activities towards normal anatomy. Recent work identified molecular mechanisms underlying a novel system of developmental control: bioelectric gradients. Endogenous spatio-temporal differences in resting potential of non-neural cells provide instructive cues for cell regulation and complex patterning during embryogenesis and regeneration. It is now appreciated that these cues are an important layer of the dysregulation of cell: cell interactions that leads to cancer. Abnormal depolarization of resting potential (Vmem) is a convenient marker for neoplasia and activates a metastatic phenotype in genetically-normal cells in vivo.

Keywords: Bioelectricity; Resting potential; Voltage gradient; Normalization; Reprogramming; Microenvironment

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