Do malignant cells sleep at night?

Authors: Luis Enrique Cortés-Hernández, Zahra Eslami-S, Antoine M. Dujon, Mathieu Giraudeau, Beata Ujvari, Frédéric Thomas & Catherine Alix-Panabières

Source: Genome Biology (NOV 2020)

Brief summary of the paper:

Biological rhythms regulate the biology of most, if not all living creatures, from whole organisms to their constitutive cells, their microbiota, and also parasites.

Here, we present the hypothesis that internal and external ecological variations induced by biological cycles also influence or are exploited by cancer cells, especially by circulating tumor cells, the key players in the metastatic cascade.

We then discuss the possible clinical implications of the effect of biological cycles on cancer progression, and how they could be exploited to improve and standardize methods used in the liquid biopsy field.