Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains the most deadly disease worldwide, with the lowest survival rate among all cancer types. Recent evidence suggests that hyaluronan (HA), a major component of ECM, provides a favorable microenvironment for cancer progression. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is typically characterized by a dense desmoplastic stroma containing a large amount of HA. Accumulation of HA promotes tumor growth in mice and correlates with poor prognosis in patients with PDAC. Because HA is involved in various malignant behaviors of cancer (such as increased cell proliferation, migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and chemoresistance), inhibiting HA synthesis/signaling or depleting HA in tumor stroma could represent a promising therapeutic strategy against PDAC. In this review article, we summarize our current understanding of the role of HA in the progression of PDAC and discuss possible therapeutic approaches targeting HA. We summarize our current understanding of the role of hyaluronan in the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and discuss possible therapeutic approaches targeting HA.
- Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
- Tumor stroma
- Tumor-stroma interaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research