Jan 2012 Drug discovery today

Targeting heat shock response pathways to treat pancreatic cancer.

Auteurs

Xia Y, Rocchi P, Iovanna JL, Peng L

Résumé

Pancreatic cancer belongs to the group of extremely aggressive human cancers; conventional cancer treatments have little impact. Increasing understanding of the pathways associated with pancreatic cancer progression has enabled the development of targeted therapy on this cancer. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) and related heat shock response (HSR) pathways control multiple important oncogenic pathways for pancreatic cancer development. Consequently, they represent promising novel targets for pancreatic cancer therapy. Various strategies have been proposed and elaborated to target HSPs/HSR in pancreatic cancer with the corresponding modulators, the details of which are highlighted in this review.

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