This article (1) has been retracted at the request of the authors. In Fig. 2A, a portion of the image showing α-SMA expression in CAFs was also used in Fig. 4A showing α-SMA expression in CAFControl. In addition, in Fig. 6B, portions of the p-p44/p42 Western blot were spliced together from separate blots, and lanes 3 to 4 were duplicated with lanes 5 to 6 in the p-AKT (473) Western blot. The authors apologize to the scientific community and deeply regret any inconveniences or challenges resulting from the publication and subsequent retraction of this article.

A copy of this Retraction Notice was sent to the last known email addresses for 6 of the 6 authors. Three authors (J. Zhu, K.J. Pienta, R.S. Taichman) agreed to the retraction; 3 authors did not respond.

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